In every official position, there’s a line of succession. It’s followed to ensure that there are no hiccups when something happens to the person. In the case of Puerto Rican Governor, Ricardo Rossello stepped down out of his position. Following the line of succession, it would go to Justice Secretary, who is Wanda Vazquez.
There’s one problem: she doesn’t want the job. She’s stated it countless times, too, to ensure everyone’s listening.
What’s going on?
Ricardo Rossello resigned in light of a scandal where thousands of people asked him to step down. Emails and other documents were uncovered to show that he was sexist and homophobic.
Typically, the person who succeeds the governor would be the Secretary of State. However, no one has been confirmed for that position since Luis G. Rivera Marin left the office. He resigned on July 13 after a similar scandal to Rossello.
Now, Wanda Vazquez would be the next option. The only problem is that she wants nothing to do with the position. She’s telling Rossello that he needs to appoint someone else.
The people of Puerto Rico don’t want to see her in the position anyways. Many people view her as loyal to Rossello. A trending hashtag on Twitter was #WandaRenunia, which translates to “Wanda, Resign.”
Who will take office?
It’s unclear as to who will take office for both Governor and Secretary of State. There is typically a long line of succession. However, the fact that there isn’t a line of people who can immediately fill the position is showing just how big of a problem there is in Puerto Rico.
There have been problems with corruption. There’s been a significant amount of debt. Further, there has been a recession on the island for about a decade. The commonwealth has been mismanaged constantly – and no one wants to step in to do anything about it.
The Oversight Board may have to go in to take care of the problem, assigning people to the governor and other cabinet positions. The fact that no one is raising their hand to step in shows that the problems are out of control.
The Biggest Problems
Perhaps the biggest problems are the ones that Rossello is leaving behind for the next person to sit at his desk. There’s a federal board that is currently overseeing the financial crisis in Puerto Rico. Rossello wrote to them, “Go F*** Yourself.” It’s certainly not professional, so the next time the Dems want to point fingers at Trump for being unprofessional, they need to understand what true unprofessionalism looks like.
Nothing has been done about the financial crisis. Further, the cabinet members, 11 in total, are not considered to be any more effective than Rossello was. Most people assumed office in January 2017 while a few joined in 2018 and 2019. It’s possible to go down the list of cabinet members to see who would step in next. Maybe Manual A Laboy, the Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce? Maybe Carlos Contreras Aponte, the Secretary of Transportation and Public Works?
None of the people within the cabinet have experience regarding being a governor. They focus on the agency that they represent, not the entire commonwealth.
The Future of Puerto Rico
The future of Puerto Rico is unknown since there are no leaders in the position right now. Trump is the Head of State, so it falls to him to get everything in order so that it doesn’t become an anarchist nation – which is the way that it’s headed very quickly.
The good news is that Trump is aware of all of the problems in Puerto Rico. A strong leader can go in and take care of the problems. It’s all a matter of finding someone who is dedicated to the cause.
With so much corruption found within the Democratic cabinet within the commonwealth, it’s no surprise that it’s falling apart as quickly as it is. Whoever gets into the office needs to be given a lesson on how to speak to people. Rossello, Rivera Marin, and even Vazquez were found guilty of talking to people with little to no respect via email. It’s not professional – and they need to get reprimanded, kind of like how Pelosi has to do with AOC and the rest of the squad on a weekly basis.
Puerto Rico is struggling now, but there’s hope for the island yet. The good news is that the corruption has ended. Right now, they need to have a governor in position who will actually accept the job.