García Padilla Supports Bernier’s stance on Perelló
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla said Friday that he supports the “management” of Popular Democratic Party (PDP) president and gubernatorial candidate David Bernier, after the latter asked Rep. Jaime Perelló to forgo any attempts to run for reelection on Nov. 8.
Although he refused to go into details on whether Perelló must remove himself from the ballot, stating he does not want to involve himself in partisan politics, García Padilla nevertheless said “Bernier has my full support.” He added that any last-minute changes to the PDP ballot, like in the case of the replacement of outgoing Sen. Mari Tere González, will not affect the party or its chances of victory.
“On the contrary, they strengthen the PDP,” he said during an event celebrating the accomplishments of outstanding students. “The New Progressive Party allowed convicted felons to appear on their ballot. With an iron hand, David Bernier has managed the situation like a true leader. Efraín de Jesús (who replaces González as a candidate to district senator for Mayagüez and Aguadilla) strengthens the ballot no matter which party he belongs to.”
Perelló will run under the PDP ballot during the next elections despite Bernier’s request to the contrary, due to Friday being the last day in which to carry out changes in the ballots at the State Elections Commission.
Governor criticizes fiscal board protesters
Meanwhile, the governor criticized those waging protests against the fiscal oversight board, which is being imposed after the passage of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act, for placing obstacles “on those who want to live normally.”
“One’s right should not step over the others’,” said the governor, who had defended the actions that the local police have carried out during these types of protests.