U.S. Senator Bob Menendez thinks its time for Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Roselló to resign.
“The misogynistic, homophobic and insensitive comments made by the Governor and his closest allies in those chat messages have no place in public service,” said Menendez, who is the senior Latino member of the U.S. Congress. “The people of Puerto Rico have suffered enough during recent tragedies and Governor Roselló’s actions have made the job of those of us who love the island and its people much more difficult in Congress under a President that has not shied away from his open disdain of Puerto Rico.”
Menendez said it is ultimately up to the residents of Puerto Rico to “raise their voice to demand the change they want.”
“From where I stand, that voice is loud and clear,” Menendez said.
Roselló announced over the weekend that he would not seek re-election next year and was stepping down from his party leadership position. That spares some headaches for Gov. Phil Murphy, who is set to become chairman of the Democratic Governor’s Association for the 2020 cycle.
Newark City Councilman Anibal Ramos and Senate President Pro-Tempore Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark) also called for Roselló to step down, calling his resignation “an important step in the process of restoring confidence between the government of Puerto Rico and its residents.”
“In the aftermath of one of the most devastating storms that crippled the island, the government should have been a source of support and resources. Instead it has become an entity synonymous with egregious behavior and unconscionable conversations at the expense of Puerto Rican lives,” Ramos and Ruiz said in a joint statement. “”Residents of the island have had enough. We have family and friends, from children to seniors, who have attended rallies to express their frustration. This is a pivotal moment for Puerto Rico and the government must embrace the voice of the people.”
Ramos and Ruiz accused Roselló of being “wrapped himself in a delusional ideology that blinds him to reality.”
“His continued presence is an irresponsible atrocity,” Ramos and Ruiz said. “La gente de pueblo have spoken. We are hopeful for the calls for his resignation are heeded and are followed with continued pressure to position the various levels of government and its agencies in Puerto Rico to be more responsive and accountable to the people it serves.”