Puerto Rico’s congresswoman celebrates victory of midterm candidates she endorsed
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico’s resident commissioner in Washington, D.C., Jenniffer González Colón, celebrated several victories in the U.S. midterm elections, including two “transcendental” ones for Puerto Ricans, Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s defeat of Bill Nelson for a Senate seat and former congressman Ron DeSantis’s becoming the state’s governor.
“Puerto Rico wins an important ally in the federal Senate. The triumph of Rick Scott, who as governor has given Hispanics tools to prosper to the point of making Florida the second state with most Latino businesses and his commitment to Puerto Rico was more than proven after Hurricane Maria, assures us a strong voice and a vote along with Marco Rubio in the federal Senate for the causes of the island,” González Colón said in a statement.
The resident commissioner backed Scott since his 2010 gubernatorial re-election campaign until becoming in these elections his spokeswoman before the Hispanic community.
“Scott’s victory is historic because in addition to defeating Bill Nelson, who had been in Congress for 40 years, it assures a strong ally of the resident commissioner in the Senate to give continuity to legislation in favor of Puerto Rico in a Senate where Scott will be in the majority,” a release issued by her office reads.
“I congratulate my friend Rick Scott, who becomes the new senator from Florida and Puerto Rico, without neglecting his responsibilities to rebuild a state that was impacted by a hurricane in the middle of the campaign. I thank all those who heard our message in favor of Scott so we could be able to celebrate this triumph together today. Florida chose a great man,” González Colón added.
The congresswoman applauded another victory in Florida, where the governor who won was her colleague at the U.S. House, Ron DeSantis, whom González Colón introduced Monday in his last campaign event in Central Florida.
“Congratulations to my friend and friend of Puerto Rico, Ron DeSantis, for this victory. The campaign message we delivered in favor of democracy, of statehood for Puerto Rico, of continuing the path traced by Scott in Florida for a prosperous economy was welcomed by Floridians,” González Colón said.
For both campaigns, the resident commissioner was accompanied by Puerto Rico Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz, House Speaker Carlos “Johnny” Méndez, former Govs. Luis Fortuño and Carlos Romero Barceló; Sens. Nelson Cruz and Nayda Venegas; Reps. José Aponte Hernandez, Enrique “Quiquito” Meléndez, Lourdes Ramos, Abid Quiñones, María Milagros Charbonier, Manuel Claudio, Jackie Rodríguez and Eddie Charbonier; Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marín; Bayamón Mayor Ramón Luis Rivera; and the National Committeewoman of the Republican Party in Puerto Rico, Zoraida Fonalledas.