In the wake of Ben Carson’s announcement that he supports statehood for Puerto Rico (which makes him the second Republican Presidential Candidate to do so after Jeb Bush), the Daily News reports that City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito scoffed at Carson’s declaration.
“I do not believe in statehood for Puerto Rico,” said Mark-Viverito, who was born and raised on the island. “It’s a very complicated process. And I don’t think that he would be the best spokesperson.”
As a Democratic party insider, I would never expect the Speaker to be interested in my campaign, but for her to pretend the support of a President would not help the cause of statehood for Puerto Rico is unrealistic to say the least. As for it being complicated, I suspect that the complications are more along the lines of personal objections. Puerto Rico has voted once already for statehood and another vote is planned, which I anticipate will seal the island’s interest in becoming the fifty-first state.
Having commented on Mark-Viverito’s recent opinion piece in City & State, in which she failed to mention the word statehood, I understood she was not an advocate of statehood but her remarks make it clear to me that we are world’s apart when it comes to this issue and she will not be a supporter of Gallagher for New York. Alas.