Gabriella Carlucci, a former TV host who became one of Silvio Berlusconi‘s most loyal supporters, has announced she will defect from the ruling People of Freedom (PDL) party join the opposition.The defection will be a major blow to Berlusconi, further hurting his ever-slimming majority in parliament. Carlucci has been a long time supporter, a member of the Forza Italia ruling coalition since 1994. Sky Italia reports she was an extremely loyal party member, even stepping in on Silvio’s behalf to a bizarre argument with pop star Madonna.
Perhaps most importantly, Carlucci is one of several attractive women that Berlusconi had attached himself to over the past few years.
“I am switching in the hope that the moderates can find a new road,” Carlucci wrote in her resignation statement. “I think a more broader based government is the only way to save the country from the dramatic situation in which it finds itself.”
Her statement made no mention of Berlusconi.
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