After more than a week of protests and demonstrations that have shaken Puerto Rico and major cities across the U.S., Puerto Rican Governor, Ricardo Rosselló is expected to resign. Many oppose Rosselló after a leak of private text messages between the governor and other officials was released a couple of weeks ago. In the messages, Rosselló used homophobic and misogynistic comments when speaking about politicians, officials, and journalists. He also made inappropriate jokes about victims of Hurricane Maria—how’s that for Boricua pride?
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CNN reports that the news of Rosselló’s possible resignation comes just a day after his chief of staff, Ricardo Llerandi Cruz, has resigned effective July 31st. Cruz wrote in his resignation letter:
Thousands, including San Juan’s mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz have taken to the streets to demand Rosselló’s resignation after the heinous messages that demonstrate corruption were released.
Ricky Martin has also joined the thousands of protestors and has taken to the streets.
Martin posted a video days ago that says:
One of the exchanges in the leaked messages was regarding Ricky Martin and came from former Chief Financial Officer Christian Sobrino. According to El Nuevo Día, Sobrino wrote:
Just in March Rosselló supported the LGBTQ+ community in Puerto Rico by signing an executive order to ban conversion therapy on minors.
Again, amidst this scandal, Rosselló is expected to resign on Wednesday, July 24th.