Bernier Convenes PDP General Council
SAN JUAN – Popular Democratic Party (PDP) President and gubernatorial candidate David Bernier has convened the entity’s general council for Sunday to present general campaign guidelines.
It was initially thought Bernier would present a series of amendments to party regulations at the meeting, but due to apparent resistance from some party leaders, the matter was postponed until August, when a meeting is slated to address the campaign agenda.
Sunday’s is the first meeting to be presided by Bernier as the official leader of PDP after being nominated as the party’s gubernatorial candidate.
A draft proposal circulated by PDP Secretary-General Javier Echvarría contained at least two significant amendments to party regulations related to the composition of its governing board.
Among the proposed amendments is one that removes former party Presidents Rafael Hernández Colón, Héctor Luis Acevedo, Sila María Calderón, Aníbal Acevedo Vilá and Héctor Ferrer, as well as Gov. Alejandro García Padilla, from the board. The other amendment reduces the number of at-large delegates to the board from seven to five.
The meeting will be held at the Priscila Flores Municipal Theater in San Lorenzo, where Bernier will deliver a message about his campaign plans, the party’s press secretary, Luis Camacho, said without divulging further details on what is to be discussed.
Bernier said the amendments related to the party’s former presidents are intended to adapt regulations to current times, “because I don’t know of any board that keeps all former presidents. I can understand that the most recent president remain, but not all presidents,” he said last week when asked about the matter.
Former PDP spokesman in the House of Representatives, Héctor Ferrer, declined to comment.
During the most recent PDP governing board meeting following the last two decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court expounding the relationship of the United States with Puerto Rico as territorial in nature and the enactment of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act, which establishes a federal financial control board, the former PDP presidents voted against Bernier’s initiative to hold a “Statehood, yes or no,” referendum.
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