Brazilian Presidential Candidate Campos Dies In Plane Crash

August 13, 2014

Eduardo Campos, an economist who was running for Brazil’s presidency as the leader of the Brazilian Socialist Party, has died in a plane crash near the coast southeast of Sao Paulo.

Brazil’s O Globo says Campos was a passenger on a Cessna business jet that crashed in the city of Santos Wednesday morning with seven people aboard, including the candidate’s wife and son. The plane had been preparing to land in bad weather, reports the Jornal de Hoje. Campos was 49.

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Before running for president, Campos had been the governor of the state of Pernambuco, in northeast Brazil; he also served in the government of former President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva, as the minister of science and technology.

Last fall, Campos spoke to The Economist about his political goals:

“Good management depends heavily on new politics. Distributing bits of wealth in complicity with political forces that are behind the times will never lead to good management of public resources. It will always lead to a lack of money that will be plugged by dipping into taxpayers’ pockets or company coffers.”

According to Reuters, Campos “had the support of about 10 percent of voters in recent polls. He positioned himself as a business-friendly leftist and was a former ally of President Dilma Rousseff, who is seeking a second term.”

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