Grytsenko needs to unite with allies for campaign, Baloha says
Viktor Baloha, previously identified by the pravda.com.ua news site as the campaign manager for presidential contender Anatoliy Grytsenko, insists that he is not campaign manager despite attending council meetings and regularly meeting with Grytsenko, the same website reported in an interview published on Oct. 1. Grytsenko’s candidacy is “a waste of time and money” if he doesn’t unite with other politicians, Baloha said, naming Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi and rock star Sviatoslav Vakarchuk. Negotiations are taking place between these individuals, Baloha said, adding that he is not involved. “Once these three politicians get together and say, ‘We need to change the country for the better. We have an understanding and outlook,’ the whole country will join this pro-Ukrainian project,” said Baloha, who added he won't serve as campaign manager.
Zenon Zawada: We agree fully with Baloha’s assessment that Grytsenko doesn’t have a chance to compete against Tymoshenko or Poroshenko without a formidable political team. Recent polls show he is already losing his second place standing that he held consistently during the summer. We don’t expect “the whole country” to support a possible Grytsenko-Sadovyi-Vakarchuk project, but it can better compete for the presidency and certainly qualify for parliament. It also helps that Baloha, a man associated with the Ukrainian oligarchy, will remain behind the scenes, without any formal position.