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García Padilla: Rubio Is No Friend of Puerto Rico

By on February 26, 2016

SAN JUAN — Gov. Alejandro García Padilla said Friday that Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) “is no friend of Puerto Rico,” following the GOP candidate’s comments against providing the commonwealth with access to a debt-restructuring mechanism.

Through his official Twitter account, the governor said Rubio “is no friend of Puerto Rico. Not supporting a debt restructuring is slamming the door on the face of Puerto Ricans.”

“Shame on you,” García Padilla said.

During a GOP debate held Thursday, the Florida senator came out against providing bankruptcy protection to Puerto Rico, saying the commonwealth government is “doing a terrible job,” and “bankruptcy doesn’t work unless you change the way you’re operating or you’re going to be bankrupt again.”

“We can explore the use of bankruptcy protection, but not as the first resort, which is what they’re asking for, because it will not solve the problems on the island and you’re going to continue to see hundreds of thousands of people leave that beautiful place, and coming to the mainland,” Rubio said.

Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla

Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla

The governor later added that Rubio’s remarks about Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis “confirm he works for the vultures that fund his campaign,” while making reference to a New York Times article that questions Rubio’s change of heart over the commonwealth issue, right after receiving donations from certain Puerto Rico bondholders.

“Do not send the governor whose [administration] borrowed more than any other, to answer for you. Answer this: nytimes.com/politics/first…,” García Padilla tweeted—a veiled shot at former Gov. Luis Fortuño, who Rubio said “was doing a great job until he barely lost that election to someone who has taken a big government stance once again.” 

The commonwealth government continues to lobby for immediate congressional action over the Puerto Rico debt crisis, particularly over access to a broad restructuring regime. While House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has said the lower chamber aims to come up with a solution before the end of March, the Republican-led Congress remains divided over how exactly it should deal with the problem.

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  • rtryon

    The Governor may not like Rubio’s words but he needs to know that the mainland Americans including a majority of Puertoricans may well understand that taxpayers there do not trust any PR party’s past administrative records as being notable for avoiding corruption and inefficiency. That is why Congress is afraid to postpone PR collapse. Its now time to re-organize PR away from massive dependence and let those only able to survive with high entitlements migrate to FL and elsewhere in the States. Of course many will earn their way more readily than is possible in PR for many non-political reasons too.

    But, the mainland is in no mood to subsidize mediocrity and waste while contending that consumerism is the key to their political prosperity. So, don’t be surprised when better ways to survive become essential.

  • Errol

    To this governor, the only politicians who are “friends of Puerto Rico” are the ones who want to enable Puerto Rico to steal all the money lent to it in good faith and give it billions of mainland taxpayers money to waste on more political corruption and continued over-compensation of the bloated barely working army of government employees.

  • Avenging Phoenix

    So, for this governor, Bernie Sander must be a really good friend of Puerto Rico, what Mr. Sanders is going to do with Law 20/22, have this administration and his cronies told Mr. Sanders about this Law ? thought so

  • aiflechita .

    Wait..he is not your friend. Puerto Rico…is other people.!!!!
    We pay our debts.

  • gretchen

    That would be his big donor, powerful hedge fund manager Singer. Rubio wrote letters pushing Singer’s position while Rubio had nothing to do with the Senate committee that handles such matters. As Trump says, Rubio is a puppet!

  • Frederick The Great

    Billionaire Vulture capitalist and bond owner Paul Singer… a shylock when it comes to distressed debt of weak countries and in this case territories.. is one of Rubio’s major backers…. also the 2nd reason Rubion name checks Israel with every breath (Braman is the other billionaire backer of Israel and Rubio).

  • Richard McDowell

    “Little Penis Rubio” is much too involved and occupied with Trump’s penis size to be worrying about Puerto Rico.

  • Frederick The Great

    Billionaire Vulture capitalist and bond owner Paul Singer… a shylock
    when it comes to distressed debt of weak countries and in this case
    territories.. is one of Rubio’s major backers…. also the 2nd reason
    Rubion name checks Israel with every breath (Braman is the other
    billionaire backer of Israel and Rubio).

  • HildaD

    Rubio is on crack seriously he should be tested for drugs. His excessive sweating, uncontrollable thirst and fully diallated pupils are all signs of a person under the influence of drugs now add to that his new personality he went from a ‘Uniter for the party’ to someone acting like a want to be funny and laughing at his own jokes, he is out of control. The GOP needs to get him help soon or he is not going to end up with an od

  • Dularr

    Of the 900,000 people who work in Puerto Rico, nearly 300,000 work for the government. Allowing Puerto Rico to remain autonomous with oversight, a problem. Puerto Rico is currently under a balanced budget requirement, but consistently has to revise their financial statements due to massive errors.

  • Lisa McLaughlin

    He has Spock ears.

  • Lisa McLaughlin

    ..He does have Sp ock Ears!
    I wonder why when he shook Mr Trump’s hand, he was thinking about his manhood?
    And Mr Trump disavowed KKK twice, despite paid Globalist/Elitist Backing of MSM to lie, and bury Sen Session’s and Fmr AZ Gov. Brewer’s endorsements.
    More to be announced shortly….stay tuned folks…

  • Lisa McLaughlin

    He does have Sp o c k Ears!
    I wonder why when he shook Mr Trump’s hand, he was thinking about his manhood?
    And Mr Trump disavowed K K K twice, despite paid Globalist/Elitist Backing of M S M to lie, and bury Sen Session’s and Fmr AZ Gov. Brewer’s endorsements.
    More to be announced shortly….stay tuned folks…

  • Chris

    Marco Rubio has proposed more viable solutions (extending the EITC and the Child Tax Credit, encouraging fiscal responsibility, etc) than Garcia Padilla and his party. It’s not a coincidence that Puerto Rico was well on the road to recovery when Fortuno was governor …

  • ticked off

    The governor should know that they only candidate that cares about Puerto Rico is Bernie Sanders. The governor and the people of pr need to be informed on this
    No other candidate is requesting help for Puerto Rico. So wake up and do your research

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