People always ask me why I left a comfortable life for my successful companies to go into politics?
I am the son of a politician who was deposed by the military coup of 64. My father, like me, started his life poor, but he fought, worked and achieved a comfortable life, owning one of the largest advertising agencies in Brazil. Until the day he decided, inspired by Franco Montoro, to fight for a better Brazil.
In it, there was an urgent and urgent need to serve the Brazilian people, to fight inequality and social injustice.
João Doria was elected federal deputy and in April 64 he was deposed by the military coup d’état. He lost his political rights, all his possessions and was forced to live in exile.
Inspired by my father’s ideals and courage, and coincidentally also motivated by Franco Montoro, I collaborated with public life from an early age. With Mário Covas I was President of Paulistur and Minister of Tourism in São Paulo. Thanks to successful management, I was invited to chair Embratur, symbolically created by a bill from my father. As a militant and activist, at the request of Franco Montoro, I organized the historic Diretas Já rally in Praça da Sé, on January 25, 1984, here in São Paulo.
With perseverance, commitment and work I built a solid career in the private sector and set up a successful business group.
2015 marked the culmination of a brutal recession that decimated millions of jobs, guillotined incomes, soared inflation and shattered dreams. Nothing very different from what we are confronted with today. Disgruntled, he followed the misguided economic measures of an incompetent government and the misappropriation of public money.
In 2016 following in my father’s footsteps, I decided to run for election.
This is where my saga begins, in my party.
In the PSDB I contested 3 primaries: for mayor, for governor and for president. The only 3 primaries in the party’s history. I won the primaries in 2016. And shortly after, I won the first-round mayoral election of the largest city in the country. An unprecedented event in the political history of São Paulo.
I keep the best memories of the town hall. And my friend Bruno Covas.
I am proud to have zeroed out the row of exams at health posts, with the unprecedented Corujão da Saúde. We serve the homeless with the Shelter Centers, restorative plazas, avenues and streets. We promote greater inclusion of underprivileged children in increasing the size of nurseries and municipal schools. We launched the concession programs for Parque do Ibirapuera, Pacaembu and Anhembi, among other significant achievements for the city.
In 2018, I re-entered and won the PSDB primaries for the election of São Paulo State Governor. Again I won the primaries and won the elections as governor of São Paulo.
I am proud to have carried out transformative governance in the state, recognized even by opponents. Faced with the historic challenge of the pandemic, I have personally committed to bring 124 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to Brazil. I’ve tried to do the right thing. We save lives and the economy. During the pandemic, São Paulo grew five times more than Brazil, creating a third of all new jobs in the country. Across the national territory, the vaccine was a sign of hope, saving millions of Brazilians. We won with science, hate speech, fake news and denial.
Just like when I left City Hall, when I handed over command of the city to the late Bruno Covas, this time again I left the government of São Paulo in good hands. Rodrigo Garcia is doing a job that started with a team of stars, and that is sure to land him the win in this year’s election. Rodrigo will be re-elected governor of São Paulo, with great justice.
In December last year, I again took part in the party’s primaries to run for the presidency of the republic. And again, I won.
Here is my thanks to the Brazilians of the city of São Paulo who gave me more than 3 million votes in the city hall, to the nearly 11 million votes for the government of São Paulo. And to the more than 17,000 PSDB militants who have chosen me as their candidate for Brazil’s presidency.
I also thank the more than six million Brazilians who expressed their intention to vote for my name as president in public opinion polls before the start of the election campaign.
Brazil needs an alternative to provide voters who don’t want extremes. Who does not want the one who has been involved in corruption scandals. And not even the one who couldn’t save lives, couldn’t save the economy and that’s ashamed of our country all over the world.
For this mission, I have made my name available to the party.
Today, on this 23rd May, I calmly understand that I am not the chosen one from the PSDB top. I accept this reality with my head held high. I am a man who respects common sense, dialogue and balance. I have always sought and will continue to seek consensus, even if it conflicts with my personal will. The PSDB will know how to make the best decision in its positioning for this year’s elections.
I withdraw from the dispute with a wounded heart, but with a light soul. With the unmistakable sense of duty accomplished and mission well accomplished. With good management and no corruption.
I leave with a sense of gratitude and the assurance that everything I did was for the benefit of a collective ideal, for the benefit of Paulistanos, Paulistas and Brazilians.
I leave after entering politics: full of ideals, with a soul full of hope and a beating heart, trusting in the strength of the Brazilian people who have faith in life and in God.
My apologies for my mistakes. If I overdid it, it was because I wanted to do it right. If I was exaggerating, it was because of the rush to get it right. If I accelerated, it was because of the urgency that public actions require.
The successes were the result of teamwork, daring and courage, the goal I always pursued. Always do what needs to be done right.
Respect and work. Making the impossible possible. That’s my mantra. I take it everywhere.
I thank my fierce team, the members of the party who have always defended me, those who fought by my side, those who were loyal and defended the internal democracy of the party. And they, like me, defend freedom and equality in Brazil.
I thank the employees, who were with me in the town hall and in the state government, who have committed themselves to the historic results we have achieved.
I thank the PSDB militants, extraordinary warriors who have never failed me.
I thank God for the disposition he has always given me, for his ability to work, a sense of justice and peace in his heart.
I also thank my family, Bia, my dear children, Johnny, Felipe and Carol, my dear brother Raul and his beautiful family. I also thank all the true friends who have always supported me in all my decisions.
Finally, here I recall the beautiful poem attributed to Cora Coralina: “There is more ground in my eyes than the fatigue of my legs, more hope in my steps than sorrow in my shoulders. More gone in my heart than fear in my head.”
I will continue as a serene observer of my country. Always ready to wage the war to which I have been called. In public life or in private life.
May God protect Brazil.
Thank you very much and see you soon.”