JCCaldera Press Conference Liveblog

After a grainy videotape was published this morning of Primero Justicia congressman and candidate to the Petare Mayorship Juan Carlos Caldera receiving packs of cash from a shadowy figure, Caldera came out fighting this afternoon, saying he fell into a trap set by a government-linked businessman, Wilmer Ruperti.

4:52: Pick of the comments section:

“[BsF.40,000] is not even the down-payment for a car. By the way, the only proven crime committed here is the one made by Ruperti and his Assistant, taping someone without his consent and then releasing the video. BTW Ruperti’s wife, who was part of the plot, is former actress Anastasia Mazzone who is the President of Canal I. Until now Calderas is just criminally naive.”

4:50: Juan Carlos Caldera says his sister has worked with Ruperti for years!

4:45: “When somebody helps us the seven plagues of Egypt come down on them…”

4:42: Caldera takes one for the team: It was a contribution to my campaign, not to Capriles’s campaign.

4:38: JCC: “Fui demasiado ingenuo” – I’ll say…

4:37: For context, Wilmer Ruperti is a guy who made a lot of money leasing tankers to PDVSA during the 2002-2003 oil strike. Since, he bought a TV channel, Canal i, and lots of other businesses.  He’s long been seen as close to chavismo, but perhaps not in the innermost inner circle of the crony bourgeoisie.

The optics are awful, but the reality is that these days lots of campaign contributions are made in cash, precisely because contributing openly to an opposition campaign exposes businesspeople – and especially government-linked figures – to all kinds of reprisals. Caldera probably thought he had a scalp – instead, he was getting set up.

4:32: There were three meetings, he received BsF.20,000 on each of the last two.

4:31: Caldera says the guy in the video is Luis Peña, “the boss” is Wilmer Ruperti, and the BsF.20,000 were for his campaign for mayor of Petare.

4:30: The meeting was at the home of Wilmer Ruperti, bolibourgeois extraordinaire.

4:28: Now we’re getting to specifics. “Why do they hide the person in the video with me? Why not say things honestly and clearly, if you’re concerned for the truth?”

4:27: “Mr. Diosdado Cabello, I hold you responsible for the safety of my children and my family.”

4:26: Oooooh, he’s laying this down on Diosdado Cabello! Still, zero details, nothing specific.

4:26: Juan Carlos Caldera sure likes to talk about Juan Carlos Caldera in the third person.

4:25: A totally generic message so far, he’s not engaged any of the content of the video or the controversy so far.

4:23: Claims he has received hundreds of thousands of messages of support today. Pssst, Juan Carlos, those people mentioning your mom are not supporting you.

4:22 Starts out decrying dirty tricks that “close the door on the Venezuela of the future.”

33 thoughts on “JCCaldera Press Conference Liveblog

  1. Can someone help me here. I am trying to understand what the government tried to accomplish releasing this video. Did they believe people would not know who Ruperti is and how he made all his money? Did they believe Caldera wouldn’t tell? Are they just plain stupid?


  2. Well, it seems that this fool, JC, is better out of the way, than in Capriles’ team. He was probably thinking that he could also have a good slice of the cake after the elections…Sad.


  3. Shame on you JC Caldera, you should say good bye from politics forever… such a “mistake” in this moment of the elections is unforgivable.. you don’t even have the sense of pricing yourself, considering who is on the other side of the table. At least for a second day in a row we had the opportunity to see a very quick and clear move from HCR… next page please!


  4. Anyone remember de one million dollars BBVA gave Chavez illegally? That was a cool million, not shitty Bs. 40,000, please, pisan la concha


  5. Caldera’s fumble:
    Why did they release this today(it took place in june) VERY SIMPLE, Today the document signed by former Supreme Court judge Eladio Aponte Aponte declaring under oath that he was ordered by President Chavez to sentence indicted policemen to 30 years in jail, which he did, was released and made public on national TV. With Caldera’s tape this news was sent to the back burner(unbelievable)!!! In any civilized country a President doing such a thing would be inmediately impeached!!!
    Eduardo Rivero


    • Unfortunately we have allowed Chavez to take us back to the Dark Ages and that is why we have to try to place our country in the XXI Century where it belongs,. The only way we will be able to do that is by voting for Henrique Capriles Radonsky on October 7 and defending our votes until January when, with God’s help and the love of country, we will get back on the track of progress and goodwill..


    • Indeed…
      “… I have committed the sin of having transmitted to the hearing judges the order to sentence them to 30 years in prison no matter how. I was following direct orders from President Hugo Chávez Frías,” Aponte confessed in his letter.
      “The order I received expressly from President Hugo Chávez was: to finish the issue right away, without further delay. Condemn them immediately,” Aponte Aponte wrote. He also asserted that he was ready to ratify his confession “in independent courts, with unbiased judges and in a country with truthful democracy and freedom.”

      On the other hand, we must admit that Aponte Aponte is old news. Had he some evidence of what he’s saying, that would be an entire different animal…


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