UPDATE: Protests in Puerto Rico Heard; Rossello Steps Down

UPDATE

Reuters reports Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello will resign as of August 2nd instead of staying in office until the end of his term.

Rossello bowed to pressure from 12 days of protests after the release of damning messages between him and 11 top advisors that drove Puerto Ricans into the streets. This came on top of ongoing corruption and financial troubles as well as citizens still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria in 2018.

Once they learned the news, protestors erupted into celebration.

 

 

His expected successor, Secretary of Justice Wanda Vazquez, has not gained public acceptance either. Puerto Rican citizens held signs stating, “Wanda, you’re next!” and “Wanda, we don’t want you either!”

Vazquez is viewed as too close to Rossello and reportedly does not want the job.

Vázquez was next in line for the job after the current embattled leader, Ricardo Rosselló, announced his resignation on Wednesday.

“I have no interest in occupying the position of Governor,” Vázquez said on Twitter.

According to Puerto Rico’s order of succession, the secretary of state should be next in line after the governor. But the man holding that position, Luis G. Rivera Marín resigned July 13. He was one of the participants in a group chat at the heart of the scandal that led to protests and Rosselló’s resignation.

This made Vázquez the next in line.

She said in a tweet that while the constitution calls for her to be the governor, she hopes Rosselló appoints a new secretary of state who can then take over.

(CNN)

 

According to Reuters, leaders of Rossello’s pro-statehood party are “scrambling to … negotiate another successor” that the people will accept.

The people have been heard in Puerto Rico. Mainland American citizens should take a page from their book.

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Gwendolyn J

 

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10 thoughts on “UPDATE: Protests in Puerto Rico Heard; Rossello Steps Down

  1. Yeah! I did heard a little tip from a colleague concerning the Puerto Rico saga involving virtually the core basis of power in the state and as such has led to serious turmoil. Reading about the fact that Rossello has decided to resign is another plus point to which I wasn’t expecting. However, the saga that is about to follow who will be the next governor is still baffling. I’d rather sitback to see how it all unfolds. Great post

    1. RoDarrick,

      Unfortunately, Puerto Rico is not a state, but a territory.

      From GovTrack.com

      “Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States. Because it is not a state, it has no senators and its representative in the House of Representatives is a delegate, called the Resident Commissioner, with limited voting privileges. Delegates have a marginalized role in Congress and their constituents are not represented in Congress in the same manner as most citizens.”

      They can vote in primaries but not for the President, and they have only had the power to vote for their own Governor for 60 years. All PR leaders before then were appointed by the U.S.

      The current Resident Commissioner is Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, and Rossello’s pro-statehood party is looking at her as the successor rather than Wanda Vazquez. PR residents have already expressed their distaste for someone so close to Rossello. 

      They want change, and they have been heard. I hope mainland US citizens can follow this example of the power of the people.

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Gwendolyn J

  2. I see Governor Rosselio’s resignation as a step forward for Puerto Rico and I do hope that all the corrupt politicians can be purged from the government. Only through this will the people have a chance to once again make Puerto Rico a place that they can build on for their families and future generations.

    Over the years I have been there many times and the people are lovely. It is the political system and the abuse of power plus greed that has led the land to where it is now. Thank goodness people are rising up and demanding more and not accepting more of the same but real action to fix the problems.

    The land and country have so much potential and there is an educated population that can make it one of the most prosperous islands in the Caribbean I think. Perhaps I am not being objective due to my connection and affinity for the place, but I do know that more can be done for the population if you can ditch these corrupt people in government. 

    1. Dave,

      I have no ties at all to Puerto Rico, but I am cheering for them. I see Rossello’s resignation as a positive as well, and I hope more Americans take note and put their political voices in action. 

      Many believe the only way to see change is to vote, but as we see by PR’s example, change can be brought on by steadfast unity and focus on the issues at hand. 

      We are too distracted by divisive tweets and news reports. We need to come together for the good of ourselves and our future generations. 

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Gwendolyn J

  3. Wow, it’s like a house of cards. The next person in line “Luis G. Rivera Marín resigned July 13”. I can see why Puerto Ricans would be upset. Your other article re: the protests states “These officials funneled $15.5 million to unqualified, personally connected vendors.”… re: the corruption. That’s a shame, especially because they are US Citizens.

    1. Allen,

      Sadly, Puerto Rico does not have a monopoly on corruption. Mainland politicians are guilty of their fair share, as we saw from the Mueller report last week. 

      Puerto Rico is cleaning house, and we need to do the same if we hope to retain our position as a respected world power. 

      As they say at The Young Turks: “The fish rots from the head down.”

      It is beyond time to deal with the head of our fish.

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Gwendolyn J

  4. Great post displaying the corruption that has become modern day politics, Gwendolyn. 

    There seems to be no end to it and very little hope of extinguishing this phenomenon. 

    It raises its ugly head everywhere, and in all parties and peoples. Thanks for bringing these small rays of hope. 

    The major problem, in many cases, is an apathetic and uninformed public. 

    God help us all. We no longer seem to have any control over this whatsoever.

    Paul

    1. Paul,

      Residents are far from apathetic, as we can see. They have been tear-gassed and arrested, but they stood strong and united. 

      We need to step up to our politicians on the mainland US as well. They are too comfortable in their positions of power. 

      PR’s success should be a signal to us all that WE THE PEOPLE can effect change if we unite and stand strong. 

      We are distracted by the chasms that exist between races and socioeconomic groups, but we are ALL citizens of this country and we are all responsible for the people who are supposed to speak for us in Washington, D. C.

      They need to be reminded who they actually work for. 

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Gwendolyn J

  5. Hello Gwendolyn!

    I have read about the protest of Puerto Rican before and now I am happy to know that Rossello bowed to pressure of this protest. Corruption should be punished everywhere. This is like a cancer in our society now a days. We the people of all over the world are suffuring from the collusion of this corruption. But our givernment are poorly concern about this. So we the people have to protest. so as Puerto Rican has been doing. Thanks to let us know about this.

    1. Harber,

      Rossello initially refused to step down, but after calls from US officials and the ongoing unrest in Puerto Rico, it seems he is willing to do the right thing.

      The mask he presented to PR citizens started slipping as soon as he took office and finally fell to pieces when his unsavory chat was released. That was the proverbial straw that broke Puerto Rico citizens’ backs.

      Corruption is rampant in politics today, with so many bought and paid by Big Pharma or corporations, I cannot understand why so many are still in office. 

      Probably because they have not let their masks slip too far.

      Yet.

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Gwendolyn J

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