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Puerto Rico governor resigns

by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/25/19, 12:04 pm

Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Wednesday he would resign, effective Aug. 2. Protesters gathered around the governor’s mansion earlier in the day to call for his ouster. Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans marched earlier this week in one of the island’s largest protests ever. Publication of 900 pages of sometimes obscene online messages between Rosselló and 11 top aides triggered the crisis, but concern about misuse of Hurricane Maria recovery funds is an underlying cause.

So this is not just about words? It’s also about money: The FBI this month arrested two former Rosselló officials on corruption charges. Mismanagement had sparked a debt crisis, pension cuts, and school closings. More than a dozen Rosselló associates have resigned since the messages became public earlier this month. Instead of respecting critics, whom he called “crows,” Rosselló joked about dead bodies piling up at the morgue following Maria and asked, “Don’t we have some cadavers to feed our crows?” 

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Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is Reforming Journalism. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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  •  CaptTee's picture
    Posted: Thu, 07/25/2019 11:27 pm

    I have never seen a report mention the Puerto Rican Govnernor's political party. Since all the reports are negative, do that mean his is a Democrat?

  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Sat, 07/27/2019 11:26 pm

    Puerto Rican political parties generally revolve around the question of statehood.  They are not directly comparable to mainland Republicans and Democrats.  Gov. Rosselló belongs to the Partido Nuevo Progresista (New Progressive Party) which is pro-statehood.  His policies have been mixed, but tend toward economic growth and educational choice.  Corruption, not party affiliation, is at issue.