Puerto Rican governor resigns, CT residents say it's not enough

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One day following the resignation of the Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello, Puerto Ricans in western Connecticut say there's a lot more change that has to happen.

Rosa Correa was born in Puerto Rico and was head of the Hurricane Maria Relief Center. She says watching how Rossello failed to help the island recover after the storm was heartbreaking.

"Enough is enough," she says. "We raised our voices, we let the world know that we will not tolerate the behavior, and we will not tolerate the incompetence," says Correa.

Rossello's resignation comes after corruption charges against two former high-ranking Puerto Rico officials, and the leak of hundreds of pages of private text messages in which Rossello and his staff used sexist and homophobic language. Justice Secretary Wanda Vazquez will replace him, and Puerto Ricans will vote for governor in 2020.

"We're just not taking it anymore. We're done, we're tried, our people are tired, of the corruption, of the lies," says Lissette Colon, who has a home in Puerto Rico and hopes to retire there.

Colon says it is a bittersweet time because so much is left to be done.

Correa agrees. She says it is OK to celebrate a moment her country came together – "not by violence, without having to debate the issue of impeachment, but by the sheer force of their values, by the sheer force of their united voices" – but that it is more important to start working toward a better future.

Connecticut leaders and Puerto Rican natives gathered in Baldwin Park in Bridgeport Thursday to support Puerto Rico and the accomplishments of its residents over the last few weeks.

There will be another Puerto Rican rally on Saturday morning at Sazon Y Mambo on Main Street.The governor says he plans to resign next Friday.

 

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