Puerto Rico’s disgraced ex-guv, Ricky Rosselló, called Ducey a mentor. AZ guv now wishes Rosselló ‘all the best’

Former Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló (left) speaking with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. Photo by @ricardorossello | Twitter

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday wished his disgraced counterpart in Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, “all the best.”

“I’ve been able to see the crisis of what’s happening in Puerto Rico, and I want to wish the governor all the best in his transition and what’s next for him,” Ducey said Tuesday during a press gaggle. 

Rosselló, who resigned on Aug. 2 after intense pressure from Puerto Ricans inside and outside of the island, called Ducey his mentor in 2018.

In a November 6, 2018, tweet supporting Ducey’s re-election, Rosselló told the Arizona leader, “I appreciate your mentorship in the early days of my administration.” 

Rosselló’s administration lasted two-and-a-half years. But it came to a crashing halt last month after homophic and misogynist chat comments from him and members of his executive team leaked. The 889 pages of chat logs incensed broad swaths of Puerto Rican society, and led to massive demonstrations across the country demanding he resign. 

The information in the chat also served as grounds to begin the impeachment process against Rosselló for possible crimes committed, including illicit and misuse of public funds, among ethical violations.  

Rosselló visited Arizona and met with Ducey in March 2017. They both serve on the National Governors Association’s Economic Development and Commerce Committee. That’s where Ducey said he met Rosselló.

“I was able to know the governor of Puerto Rico through the national governors association, I was grateful for his support. When you have an election, you are reaching out, trying to build support across the board. So, I was thankful for that,” Ducey said Tuesday.

Laura Gómez
Reporter Laura Gómez Rodriguez covers state politics and immigration for the Arizona Mirror. She worked for The Arizona Republic and La Voz Arizona for four years, covering city government, economic development, immigration, politics and trade. In 2017, Laura traveled the length of the U.S.-Mexico border for “The Wall,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning project produced by The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network. She was named Best Investigative Reporter by Phoenix Magazine in its 2018 newspaper category and has been honored by the Arizona Press Club for Spanish-language news and feature reporting. She is a native of Bogotá, Colombia and lived in Puerto Rico and Boston before moving to Phoenix in 2014. Catch her researching travel deals, feasting on mariscos or playing soccer.


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