UPDATE 11:00 PM Wednesday July 24: Governor Rosello will resign, effective August 2.
The legislature in Puerto Rico is ready to impeach Governor Ricardo Rosello.
This as massive protests engulf the island nation and U.S. territory.
For 12 straight days now, protesters have demanded his resignation after his social media posts were leaked, including homophobic, profane and offensive to women.
Locally, a sociology professor at ISU says Rosello also went too far, making fun of victims from 2017’s devastating Hurricane Maria, which hit in mid-September and left nearly 3,000 dead.
“The match that lit the fire of the demonstrations. But the reality is that this was a slow burning fire. It was just a matter of time before Puerto Ricans took to the streets to do what they’re doing now,” said Sociology Professor, Dr. Maura Toro-Morn. “The people of Puerto Rico are saying ‘No mas”. We are done with the corruption. And of course, they focus a lot of the anger and the resentment and the frustration in the office of the Governor because, after all, he is really the one ultimately responsible.”
And, she says that with Puerto Ricans represented in every county of Illinois, Dr. Toro-Morn believes the issues also resonate here.
The governor’s chief of staff has vowed to resign at the end of the month.
Two women in his administration were also arrested by the FBI in an evolving federal corruption probe.