Apoyados por una carta en la que ocho senadores republicanos destacan la inconstitucionalidad del plebiscito del 11 de junio, el liderato del Partido Popular Democrático (PPD) llevará nuevamente ante el secretario de Justicia de los Estados Unidos, Jeff Sessions, su reclamo en contra de la legitimidad de la consulta a que excluye el Estado Libre Asociado (ELA) como alternativa de status.
Entre los firmantes de la misiva figuran los senadores Thad Cochran, de Mississippi, y Lindsey Graham, de Carolina del Sur.
Senadores republicanos tildan el plebiscito de inconstitucional
Firman una carta en la que defienden el ELA como una opción “viable” de status para la Isla
jueves, 6 de abril de 2017
Por Rebecca Banuchi
“I have long been opposed to the Puerto Rico Democracy Act because it sets up a two-vote process that unfairly stacks the deck in favor of statehood, and I will do whatever is necessary to stop the bill if and when it comes to the Senate. The people of Puerto Rico have a right to determine the island’s future status in a fair and democratic process. They deserve to have a choice between the current commonwealth status, statehood, and independence. Eliminating commonwealth status from the vote disregards the wishes of a majority of Puerto Ricans,” said Sen. Wicker. “In the past, I have introduced legislation that would recognize Puerto Rico’s right to convene a constitutional convention, a process that would lead to consensus building and not the exclusion of the majority of Puerto Ricans from their inherent right of democracy.”
Wicker Pledges Opposition to Puerto Rico Democracy Act if Bill Reaches the Senate
Wicker Says Bill "Stacks the Deck in Favor of Statehood"
Apr 29 2010
|Héctor Ferrer con Virgina Foxx|
Most Puerto Ricans who affiliate with the Republican Party nationally belong to the NPP, the Statehood Party, and statehood is the priority Republican issue. But, the majority of members of the NPP are not Republicans. They support statehood, but back the Democratic Party nationally.
Most importantly, most leaders of the Statehood Party are national Democrats. This includes former Governor Pedro Rossello, a former Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and Co-Chair of the Gore campaign; and Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi, a close ally of Nancy Pelosi...
But, the sad fact is that, if Puerto Rico were a state, it would send two Democratic Senators and six Democratic Congressmen to Washington.
To: Republican Friends
From: Charlie Black
Chairman, Prime Policy Group
Former GOP Spokesman and Strategist
For months, Acevedo Vila has challenged the fairness of the grand jury investigation, enlisting lawyers and friends, including Puerto Rico's Washington lobbyist, Charles R. Black Jr., to help press his view.
Black, who is a top adviser to presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain, last year contacted members of the Senate Judiciary Committee -- where Rodriguez-Vela's confirmation was approved Aug. 2 -- to inform them of his concerns about leaks from the investigation, he said. But Black said he did it as the governor's friend and did not bill Puerto Rico's government for his time.
Law enforcement officials yesterday brushed aside allegations of political interference.
Puerto Rico's Governor Is Charged With Corruption
In San Juan, Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila called the indictment the product of "three years of leaks, rumors and a spectacle aimed at harming me."
By Carrie Johnson and Matthew Mosk
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, March 28, 2008
Supposing that Puerto Rican voters were to vote heavily in favor of statehood, and even if the Republican-controlled Congress were to put aside their traditional opposition to an admissions bill, it is to be seen whether or not the matter will find its place in an already charged political agenda which includes affordable health care, defense and trade. With Trump’s promise to oust up to 3 million immigrants from the country, statehood might not be apt for a presidency mired by American nationalism and rocky relations with Latinos. But at the end of the day, despite the far fetched idea the proposal continues to be capitalized upon by politicians eager to win another election.
Luis Gallardo is a municipal legislator and is based out of Puerto Rico. He has an M.P.A. from Valdosta State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico.