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HOW I SPENT ONE NIGHT WITH LAURA CODRUTA KOVESI AND FLORIAN COLDEA. The second round of presidential election in 2009 (X)

Gabriel Oprea, former vice prime minister
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Kovesi-Coldea, a couple of force. When I started writing „We are the State!” series I didn't had the real picture of the mechanism that will result from the episodes hosted by „Evenimentul zilei”.

I've started from a story told by a friend, who related me a couple of pictures that seem plucked from a surrealist movie. I've told them before, I'm going to resume them, and so you understand what "We are the State!" means.

A senior official organized his birthday. The President of Romania is invited and participates at the small party.

They were at the same table information services executives, senior judges, prosecutors, politicians, not many, 10-12 people. Expected, the President is headed to the table, and there he is told, on a sharp tone: Sir, at this table stands the State! We guarantee the second term! For some it may seem like a story, but to me it was a hot actual subject, being similar to what I had been living during the period in which I was a political consultant. I've seen instances of this type, and today I will tell you one of them that only has tangential relation to my quality of political consultant.

Some of the events will remain confidential because, maybe some don't know, I've worked successively with Adrian Năstase, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and Traian Basescu. I was hired by them, along with my American and Israeli partners for various election times and we've done our job as well possible, sometimes winning, sometimes losing.

As a man close to the President and the Prime Minister, I've seen and I've heard many, things that will remain confidential because of the trust that was given to me, but also the requirement not to reveal the mechanisms for decisions of the State.

For those who read carefully the series "We are the State.", this claim does not seem meaningless, as in my reports I have not described events which I participated directly, as a political consultant, but things that I've learned lately as a journalist, documenting meetings and happenings that were and will be the basis of the series "We are the State!". Without having connection with moments in which I was bound by a contract and by an obligation of confidentiality.

Tennis parties at a high level

I wrote about tennis parties during 2010-2014 at the Generals Lido and SRI Villa T14, at which participated George Maior-Liviu Dragnea-Florian Coldea-Victor Ponta-Gabriel Oprea, and sometimes Vasile Dâncu, we could say the political "core" of the operation "We are the State!” the place where important political decisions were made.

At these meetings, also participated sometimes Laura Codruta Kovesi as Attorney General, later Chief Prosecutor at DNA. I can say without hesitation that Laura Codruta Kovesi was an important figure in the power parallel which functioned up to the dismissal and the retirement of SRI General Florian Coldea.

Every chance I had, I mentioned that I did not take part in those "social" events, that I haven't played tennis with PSD leaders or heads of SRI, and the fact that I have two direct testimonies of participants attesting that those things happened on the slag.

With this disclosure I stirred strong passions, because there are many politicians who have digested quite hard the idea that while they were chased out with folders from ANI, DNA, or listened "on national security" by SRI, their political superiors were playing tennis and drinking wine whit those who hunted them.

Liviu Dragnea was highly uneasy by revealing the intimate bond that he had with Florian Coldea and Laura Codruta Kovesi, but Victor Ponta's and Elena Udrea’s statements emerged, confirming both episodes, bringing new details.

I opened a forbidden chapter when I wrote about the birthdays of Prime Deputy Director Florian Coldea and SRI Director George Maior from K2, about the presence at the same table of SRI Director, ICCJ President, Attorney General, the Romanian Prime Minister, head of the DNA, along with politicians, SRI Generals and other magistrates.

Night of 6-7 December 2009

Presidential election night 2009, second round. I'd been working alongside foreign advisers in the campaign team of Traian Basescu, but once the vote started our job was about done.

Prospects were encouraging, without being carried away, whereas the polls that we've had until the last moment were indicating a tough race, with Mircea Geoana as favorite, but also Traian Basescu coming hard from behind!

I talked to Traian Băsescu in the morning, after the first wave of questionnaires from the public, from the polling place, the situation was not very rosy, Antena 3 and Realitatea TV would violate election laws with carelessness and were pouring pro-Geoana news.

In that morning conversation, President Băsescu told me that our mission ended, he thanked me for the effort, told me that he does not intend to make any compromise and that we don't have anything else to do than wait for final results. He was not very optimistic, but I started to learn his style, because every time he works on the "worst case scenario", the worst possible scenario.

Polls, as we knew them, gave a small difference, two percent in favor of Geoana, without necessarily including the real impact of the last televised debate, in which Traian Basescu had made Mircea Geoană checkmate. I think you remember the famous question: "Not even last night you didn't like it at Vantu's?” which marked the election loss of the PSD leader.

But back to the main issue.

I found out that Basescu won before all!

On the evening of the last round of presidential elections, around 20 hundred hours, while I was with some friends watching the various newsgroups posts, I got a phone call: "Dan, I won! It's 50.4 to 49.6 in favor of Basescu! "

I block as I had other data from those who were doing polls for Antena 3 and Realitatea TV (back then in the same boat: the anti-Băsescu and pro-PSD) and that would give as winner Mircea Geoana with 51-52 percent.

I tell this to my interlocutor, he begins to laugh and tells me: "do not believe them put the TV on B1 (there occurred an exit poll done by CURS) and there you'll see the actual survey. We won, listen to what I tell you!"

The one who was on the phone knew what he says, as he had a major State function.

Slightly distrustful, but sardonic, I tell my friends (anti-Băsescu) to give up Antena 3 and move to B1 TV if they want to see the accurate results from CURS. Furthermore I spin the knife in the wound and say that Geoana lost with 50.6 to 49.4. They looked at me like a madman, there were 45 minutes until the announcement of the exit-poll, plus it's still voting.

The exit polls arrive, you know what comes next, Geoana's joy, Basescu's announcement, a night in which one has gone to sleep President of Romania and woke up the President of a political party, and President Traian Basescu had won a second mandate.

Many tears and disappointments on one side and joy on the other...

Only that, for me, the night wasn't over yet.

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