Senators request Bhatia refer Sen. Mari Tere González to Ethics Commission
SAN JUAN – Senate Minority Leader Larry Seilhamer Rodríguez and Bayamón District Senator Migdalia Padilla Alvelo requested separately today to the Senate President Eduardo Bhatia Gautier to refer Mayagüez District Senator Mari Tere González to the Ethics Commission, after federal convict Anaudi Hernández Pérez included her among the group of candidates that benefited from an alleged fraud and corruption scheme.
“In the testimony Anaudi Hernández offered it transcended that he helped Sen. Mari Tere González, not just in fundraising, but in paying for propaganda such as “flyers and posters” and campaign debts, to later ask the senator to lobby in favor of appointing Sally López as the administrator of the Workforce Development Administration (WDA), in the Department of Labor, and Sonia Barreto as purchasing director of the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA). If their veracity is confirmed, said imputations constitute gross violations to the provisions of Law 222-2011, known as the Puerto Rico Political Campaign Financing Oversight Act, as well as the various provisions from the Rules of Ethical Conduct from the Senate of Puerto Rico,” stated Seilhamer Rodríguez.
The Senate Minority Leader added that, “before this, I am soliciting to the President of Senate, Eduardo Bhatia, to refer an investigation to the Ethics Commission and the Center for Integrity of the Senate of Puerto Rico so it may consider, investigate and adjudge the senator’s actions.”
For her part, Padilla Alvelo expressed that “the President of senate has the duty to refer this case to the Ethics Commission of the Senate to investigate thoroughly and to take a prudent action according to the Ruling’s postulations, to protect the respectable image that the Senate of Puerto Rico must uphold, and its members’ honor.”
She further expressed that this matter corresponds directly to the Popular Democratic Party for it to solve: “I’m worried that the allegations made in the Federal Court against Senator González may dampen the impeccable work of us women who for years have had the privilege to represent the nation from the Senate.”
No immediate reaction could be obtained from Bhatia.