Morovis Mayor appears ready to assume leadership of PDP

By John McPhaul

Morovis Mayor Carmen Maldonado González, currently the second vice president of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP), reacted positively on Tuesday to the return of Carlos “Charlie” Delgado Altieri to the party’s first vice presidency and his recommendation that she assume the presidency of the PDP, which will be 83 years old this year.

“I thank our president for his generosity and dedication during all these years, both in the mayoralty of Isabela and in the party presidency, and now in the first vice presidency,” Maldonado González said in a written statement. “Particularly his words of confidence toward me inspire me to accept the challenge of presiding over our institution, to reorganize it in its entirety and to continue being a political instrument of all Puerto Ricans.”

The Morovis mayor pointed out that the PDP “is the second political party in Puerto Rico in terms of full votes, as we saw in the last elections.”

“We have a majority in the House of Representatives, as well as in the Senate of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and in the mayors of the country,” she said. “We have to be the institution that makes proposals, that generates solutions, that does not make excuses, that is exemplary. That is the mission.”

Maldonado González added that “as soon as the Governing Board meets and makes its determinations, we will begin to work on the reorganization of the PDP: with open arms, with generosity and honor.”

“We are going to honor our past, becoming the option for the future, with the strength of youth and the strength of experience,” the Morovis mayor said. “We have been, and we will be, the best option. Our banner will be inclusion, honesty, social justice and the rejection of corruption.”

Knowing the importance of the status issue, Maldonado González insisted that “we are going to lead, we are going to have the Constitutional Assembly on Status and let the people decide.”

“But don’t be fooled: the options have to be clear on the part of the United States,” she said. “It is all well and good to have referendums based on deception. We don’t want that strategy here, nor do they want it there.”

Maldonado González will be the third woman to preside over the PDP, after Victoria Muñoz Mendoza and Sila María Calderón Serra, and the first acting mayor to assume the reins of the party founded by Luis Muñoz Marín.

In 2016, Maldonado González became the first woman to be elected mayor of Morovis since its founding in 1818. She was reelected last November with over 66% of the vote. As a public servant, she has worked at the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the central government retirement system and La Fortaleza.

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