For a variety of reasons, the residents of Puerto Rico are not happy with their governor.
Residents were joined by some celebrities in a “muscle car” protest through the streets leading to the governor’s mansion to demand his removal from office.
To say the people of Puerto Rico have been let down by local leadership is the understatement of the century. After the mass flooding and damage from Hurricane Maria, corruption and blatant neglect have run rampant due to the local government.
While residents were complaining of no water, pictures surfaced with hundreds of cases of water on the airport tarmac that had never been circulated.
Over the last few days, thousands of people have taken to the streets in protest demanding Governor Rosselló step down. The situation became even more urgent from residents when offensive conversations between Rosselló and other officials were made public.
Puerto Rico’s representative in Congress, Rep. Jenniffer González-Colon, has joined residents in demanding the Rosselló step down.
The former Governor of Florida and current Senator, Rick Scott, recently supporter her in her case for new leadership, stating, “While I’ve been hesitant to weigh in too heavily on the internal political affairs of the island, it’s clear that the current leadership has lost the confidence of the people of PR.
“The island deserves new leadership. I agree with my friend Jenniffer Gonzalez; Governor Rossello should resign.”
Time to Go
The conversations leaked only exacerbated the bad public image Rosselló has developed since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. They were described as misogynistic, profanity-laced, and homophobic.
While not all members of the administration during those conversations were still in office when the conversations were revealed, those that were have already resigned.
As the protests get stronger, though, the governor has been silent, with recent reports saying he may have even left the island altogether.
Even so, thus far, he has refused to step down and has been adamant he is going to stay in office.