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Tue Jul 16, 2019, 05:37 AM

'Chatgate' scandal throws Puerto Rico's governor into crisis

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Nearly two years ago, Hurricane MarÍa exposed the raw dysfunction of Puerto Rico, collapsing long-neglected infrastructure and leaving several thousand dead on Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s watch. Last week, two of his top former officials were arrested by the FBI on corruption charges.

But the scandal that is threatening to buckle the boyish 40-year-old governor centers on a profanity-laced and at times misogynistic online chat with nine other male members of his administration in which some of the U.S. territory’s most powerful men act like a bunch of teenagers. The leak of at least 889 pages of the private chat has sunk Rosselló into the deepest crisis of his career.

In the chats on the encrypted messaging app Telegram, Rosselló calls one New York female politician of Puerto Rican background a “whore,” describes another as a “daughter of a bitch” and makes fun of an obese man he posed with in a photo. The chat also contains vulgar references to Puerto Rican star Ricky Martin’s homosexuality and a series of emojis of a raised middle finger directed at a federal control board overseeing the island’s finances.

For many Puerto Ricans still recovering from one of the United States’ worst-ever disasters, on the back of the island’s biggest public financial collapse, the scandal analysts and ordinary people are calling “Chatgate” or “Rickyleaks” has proven to be too much.

Read more: https://www.uticaod.com/zz/news/20190715/chatgate-scandal-throws-puerto-ricos-governor-into-crisis
(Utica Observer-Dispatch)

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Tue Jul 16, 2019, 05:58 AM

1. There was a time when people

had a enough honor to resign when they have been exposed as a complete jackass. It seems the clock is ticking on Govenor Rosselló’s tenure.

Mayor Carmen Cruz would make an excellent governor, and if she wins it would really send Trump into a meltdown.

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Tue Jul 16, 2019, 06:33 AM

2. I'm so used to Trump being the center of almost

all scandals nowadays, when I first heard about this, I thought for sure there would be a Trump angle and was surprised when it wasn't there. Maybe I do have that Trump Derangement Syndrome the deplorables are always talking about.🤔

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