Jorge Colazo

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Jorge Colazo
Argentine Senator
from Tierra del Fuego Province
Assumed office
10 December 2007
Governor of Tierra del Fuego Province
In office
10 January 2004 – December 2005
Preceded by Carlos Manfredotti
Succeeded by Hugo Cóccaro
Argentine Senator
from Tierra del Fuego Province
In office
10 December 2001 – 10 January 2004
Mayor of Río Grande
In office
1991–1999
Personal details
Born (1954-03-04) March 4, 1954 (age 63)
Río Tercero, Córdoba Province
Nationality Argentine
Political party Radical Civic Union
Spouse(s) Ana María del Carmen Córdoba

Mario Jorge Colazo, "El Potro", (born 4 March 1954 in Río Tercero, Córdoba Province) is an Argentine Radical Civic Union (UCR) politician. He sits in the Argentine Senate representing Tierra del Fuego Province in the majority block of the Front for Victory and was formerly governor of that province.

Colazo attended primary school in Córdoba before moving to Río Grande, Tierra del Fuego for his secondary education. He was involved in various community organisations. During the Falklands War he served in civil protection in Río Grande.

From an early age, Colazo was involved in the UCR and held senior positions in the party at provincial and national levels. From 1989 to 1991 he served as a Río Grande councillor and in 1991 he was elected Mayor of Río Grande, serving until 1999. In that year he stood as candidate for governor of the Province. From January 2000 he worked as Head of the Social Services for Pensioners for the Province until 2001.

In 2001 Colazo was elected as Senator. Then in 2003 he was elected as governor of the province, defeating incumbent Peronist Carlos Manfredotti and taking office in January 2004 with Hugo Cóccaro as his vice-governor. Although a Radical, he was by now identified with the attempt at political consensus of the new President, Peronist Néstor Kirchner, and was seen as one of the leading 'Radicales K'. Indeed Cóccaro was a Justicialist, although he had been a supporter of the anti-Kirchner Peronist leader Adolfo Rodríguez Saá against Kirchner for the Presidency.[1]

The relationship between Colazo and Cóccaro soon deteriorated, to the extent that Colazo even accused his deputy of involvement in plans to assassinate him.[1] Colazo had also been isolated from his party, who had suspended him for his links with the Peronists. He was put under investigation by the provincial legislature for misuse of municipal funds in Río Grande and for bypassing the legislature when making budget decisions in 2004, and in September 2005 he was suspended as governor.[1] He was impeached in December 2005 and Cóccaro formally took over.

In 2007 Colazo stood for and was re-elected to the Senate, heading the Federalist Union list. He sits with the Kirchners' Front for Victory. However in March 2008, a Tierra del Fuego court requested that the Senate expel him in connection with the ongoing allegations relating to improper use of funds while Mayor of Río Grande.[2] This would allow Colazo to be prosecuted.[2]

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