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Protests in the night; Jeff Paul reported from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Congressional lawmakers besieged siding with the Puerto Ricans in the call for the island’s Governor to resign in the midst of the days of demonstrations and clashes between protesters and the police.
The democratic U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted their support for the demand of the population, that Gov. Ricardo Rosselló step down.
“The people of Puerto Rico have spoken, loud and clear for the world. We must stand for and with la isla. Rosselló has to resign,” tweeted the New York Congressman, who is of Puerto Rican descent.
Florida Republican sen. Rick Scott also called on Rossello to step down, tweeted that “it is clear that the current leadership has lost the confidence of the people of PR.”
Puerto Rico-born Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-NY, said they came to the “inescapable conclusion that it is time for the Governor of Puerto Rico to withdraw” accompanied in a tweet from a longer statement.
New York and Florida are home to large Puerto Rican constituencies.
In a statement, Rep. Jennifer Gonzalez, Puerto Rico’s non-voting member in Congress, said that the events in the last two weeks, the island of the commonwealth economy and the government charged to represent and an “anarchic image” of the world.
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“This is why I am the prompt, for the good of Puerto Rico, deprive you of your position and, thus, the peaceful transition of the government, to the peace and tranquility of our island, which is mired in a financial crisis, greatly exacerbated by hurricanes Irma and Maria,” she said.
Rosselló has in the face of growing pressure to resign after almost 900 pages, online leaked news showed him and the other officials to make profane, homophobic, and misogynist comments and ridicule of its components.
His administration is also dealing with the impact of the Federal corruption probe, which implicated several former officials and contractors.is
In this Wednesday photo, a demonstrator with a Puerto Rican flag draped over his shoulders, balanced on the hands of others during clashes in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)
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Former housing Secretary Julian Castro was the first in 2020, the Democratic presidential candidate for the Governor from office, even though the other candidates have shown solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico.
“It is clear that the Governor can no longer be Rosselló effective,” he told Fox News. “I stand with Puerto Ricans, the protesters in the streets.”
On Wednesday, some well-known Major League Baseball players with ties to the island, the Governor called to resign. They include the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez, the Saint Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina, the Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa, the Cleveland Indians, Francisco Lindor, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora.
J. J. Barea of the Dallas Mavericks joined the choir.
Fox-News-multimedia-reporter Rob DiRienzo contributed to this report.