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.
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.”
.@dougducey I appreciate your mentorship from the early days of my administration. I admire your ability to work well with others in a bipartisan way. In #PuertoRico we cherish your support in our daily fight to achieve equal treatment of all US citizens. #ReElect pic.twitter.com/O0W2TSdmlT
— Ricardo Rosselló (@ricardorossello) November 6, 2018
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.