Puerto Rican Governor Resists Calls For Resignation Amid Scandal

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Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló refused to step down after it was discovered that there are 889 pages of texts that contain sexist, homophobic and profane text messages between himself and members of his administration. I’m sure you heard about this on CNN or PMSDNC. I’m positive they are giving this wall-to-wall coverage. Oh, wait, he’s a Democrat. Never mind. Citizens of the island nation lined up in front of the governor’s mansion, hurling insults and fireworks. Rosselló’s chief financial officer, Christian Sobrino mentioned publicity-hungry San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, saying, “I’m dying to shoot her up.”

From Fox News

The chat group included Luis Rivera Marín, Rosselló’s secretary of state; Christian Sobrino, who held a series of important economic posts; Carlos Bermúdez, a onetime communications aide; Edwin Miranda, a communications consultant; Interior Secretary Ricardo Llerandi; Public Affairs Secretary Anthony Maceira; and Elías Sánchez, onetime representative to the board overseeing Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy

In the leaks, Rosselló describes New York politician Melissa Mark-Viverito, who was born in Puerto Rico, as the Spanish word for “wh—,” and made fun of Puerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin for being gay.

The chat also contained emojis of a raised middle finger directed at the federal control board that oversees the island’s finances. Rivera Marín, Sobrino, Bermúdez and Miranda have already resigned or been fired.

The leaks came days after six former government officials and contractors, including the commonwealth’s former education secretary, were arrested in a federal corruption probe.

Protesters took to the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan on Monday evening holding signs and chanting, “Ricky, renuncia,” or Ricky, resign. Some participants spray-painted insults used in the chats on walls.


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