PR Governor Won’t Seek Re-Election – But Refuses To Step Down
On Sunday Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Rossello announced that he will not run for another term in 2020 elections, but says he will remain as governor until the end of his term despite the people’s protest calling for his immediate resignation for the past ten days.
Rossello has been under increased scrutiny following a high-profile federal corruption probe and the release of vulgar private messages he and top aides aimed at critics sent in a chat by Rossello and his top lieutenants.
Former New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, one of the most prominent Puerto Rican politicians in the mainland and a target of sexist comments in the leaked chat Rosselló was part of, says that him finishing out his term in not what the people of Puerto Rico want.
“People don’t want to hear that. There’s a clear sign that people will not accept anything other than his resignation,” Mark-Viverito told CBS News. “And the fact that he refuses to do that is irresponsible. It’s anti-Democratic and it’s just fueling the tensions. The only choice he has is to resign,” she added. “That is what the call of the people is about.”
If you check the hashtag #RickyRenuncia you can see how fired up the people of Puerto Rico are right now.