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Puerto Rico Senate president says he always supported Jenniffer González for secretary of State

By on August 7, 2019

Says she should be nominated immediately

SAN JUAN — Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz said Wednesday that he endorsed Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón for the secretary of State position from the beginning.

“I believe that the right person was and is Jenniffer González,” the Senate president said in a radio interview (Análisis 630 of Noti Uno).

The also New Progressive Party (NPP) president reiterated that González should have been nominated.

“I told the governor that it had to be an elected figure. Jenniffer González was his ballot companion; she got more votes than him. She is a Republican, has a good relationship with [President] Trump. That solves a serious problem Puerto Rico has because of Ricardo Rosselló,” he added.

The lawmaker stressed that the González should be nominated “immediately.”

“If we want peace, we cannot sacrifice quality for haste,” he said.

Rivera Schatz made his remarks just over an hour after the swearing-in of Wanda Vázquez Garced after the Supreme Court declared the 2005 amendments to Act 7 of 1952 unconstitutional, which led to the departure of Pedro Pierluisi who assumed the governorship after the resignation of Ricardo Rosselló after the Telegram chat scandal and the arrests of former cabinet officials by federal authorities.

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