Candidate questions San Juan Mayor’s ties to convicted fundraiser
SAN JUAN – New Progressive Party (NPP) candidate for mayor of San Juan, Leo Díaz Urbina, drew attention to the capital’s current mayor, Carmen “Yulín” Cruz, regarding her connection to convicted businessman and former fundraiser of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP), Anaudi Hernández Pérez.
The pro-statehood politician questioned Cruz’s silence in relation to her ties with Hernández Pérez and mention in a government corruption trial about a fundraising event he held in his mansion in Aguadilla for the Cruz.
Díaz Urbina particularly referred to the testimony of the former fundraiser’s business partner, Héctor Vargas Soto, in federal court, which has already involved a significant number of elected PDP officials.
“To date, the mayor of San Juan has not responded regarding her visits to Anaudi’s mansión in Aguadilla nor to the fundraising he allegedly did for her in Aguadilla,” Díaz Urbina said a release in which he also questioned why those fundraising events weren’t reported to the Office of the Electoral Comptroller as required by law.
The NPP candidate said Cruz has the responsibility to clarify the issue to San Juan residents and not evade the matter when asked about those acts that are being judicially challenged.
Díaz Urbina said the issue at hand shouldn’t be treated as something meaningless because “it wasn’t one, but many donations that Anaudi and his business partner did for the mayor of San Juan. And here it’s not only the issue of the donation, but of the activity per sé.”
The trial, which resumes Tuesday with the cross examination of Hernández Pérez, includes c-defendant Sally López Martínez, former director of the Workforce Development Administration; Ivonne Falcón Nieves, former president of the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (Prasa); her sister, Marielis Falcón Nieves; and Glenn Rivera Pizarro, former assistant of theHouse of Representatives’s technology technology director.