Pataki Endorses Meléndez for House Speaker
SAN JUAN (INS)—Former New York governor George Pataki endorsed the candidacy of New Progressive Party Rep. José Enrique “Quiquito” Meléndez to keep his chair in the Puerto Rico House of Representatives on Tuesday, during a meeting in which they discussed various issues including the future of Puerto Rico and the federal fiscal control board.
At the meeting, Pataki highlighted the work and performance of Meléndez at the House in recent years and said that his leadership qualities should translate into a successful stint as future House speaker.
At the end of the meeting, Pataki recorded a spontaneous message to the Puerto Rican people. “It’s a pleasure to be here today with Enrique Meléndez, who I hope and believe will be the next speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives of Puerto Rico. I know he has the correct ideas and vision to improve the economy and strengthen the island, as well as improve the quality of life of all Puerto Ricans,” he said.
Meléndez said he was “deeply honored” by the endorsement of the former governor, and added that “during the meeting were discussing various issues related to his work with the different fiscal control boards, established under his purview, in several major cities in New York. Governor Pataki has much to contribute on this issue and for me it was an honor to have his experience, willingness and support,” he added.