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Méndez aspires to House minority leadership

By John McPhaul


Speaker of the House of Representatives Carlos “Johnny” Méndez Núñez said Wednesday in a radio interview that he aspires to be the spokesman in the House for the New Progressive Party (NPP) minority when the new session convenes in January.

“That is a matter that the elected representatives will attend to and after that we will sit down to talk,” Méndez said.

Rep. José Enrique “Quiquito” Meléndez has also publicly stated that he aspires to be the House minority spokesman for the NPP.

“They have told me that but, certainly not, no, there is no express statement in relation to me on that matter,” Méndez said regarding the future of the post. “We will meet with colleagues and make this decision today [Wednesday].”

The House speaker also confirmed that on Wednesday several issues on the agenda of the extraordinary session would be addressed.

Meanwhile, Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Electoral Commissioner Gerardo Antonio Cruz Maldonado said on Tuesday that the discovery of 228 ballots for commonwealth, legislative and municipal offices from Fajardo Precinct 99 could cause a recount in House of Representatives District 36, which Méndez Núñez currently represents.

“With these legislative ballots, we dare to anticipate that there are hundreds of votes to be awarded for District 36 representative, so we have to examine whether this precinct will fall under the recount,” Cruz Maldonado said in a written statement. “They are ballots that have not been counted for any candidate and that, according to what we were told, mostly could favor the [PDP] candidate from District 36, Juan “Tito” Gómez. The night of the event, Representative Carlos “Johnny” Méndez led the [PDP] candidate by 270 votes; however, this finding may bring significant changes.”

House District 36 includes the towns of Ceiba, Vieques, Culebra, Fajardo, and Luquillo, and a Río Grande precinct.

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