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Ortiz González appoints Hernández Rivera to represent PDP at status hearings in DC



Popular Democratic Party president and gubernatorial candidate Jesús Manuel Ortiz González, center, announced Wednesday that Pablo José Hernández Rivera, right, the party’s candidate for resident commissioner, “will be representing us at the Senate hearing on the status bills on June 18 in Washington.”

By The Star Staff


Popular Democratic Party (PDP) president and gubernatorial candidate Jesús Manuel Ortiz González announced Wednesday that Pablo José Hernández Rivera, the party’s candidate for resident commissioner, will represent the PDP at an upcoming hearing before the U.S. Senate on status bills filed by U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).


“Pablo José Hernández is our candidate for resident commissioner and assistant secretary for federal and international affairs of the PDP,” Ortiz González said at a press conference. “Therefore, he will be representing us at the Senate hearing on the status bills on June 18 in Washington. While Pablo José presents our position to the federal Senate, I will continue the work agenda of our party in the face of the November election through working meetings with the leadership, electoral team, finances and mobilization.”


The hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 18 before the Public Lands, Forests and Mining subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), who is a member of the Senate Energy and Resources Committee, which is in charge of matters related to the territories, including Puerto Rico.


In 2006, Carlos Dalmau testified on behalf of then-Gov. Aníbal Acevedo Vilá in the U.S. House of Representatives, and in 2010, José A. Hernández Mayoral testified before the White House Interagency Group.


Hernández Rivera accepted the assignment, noting that, “We anticipate a hostile hearing, since the Penepés [the governing opposition New Progressive Party] have been in the federal capital for 20 years misinforming [Congress] about the Commonwealth and its potential development, but we are ready to repeat our message that the priority of Puerto Ricans is economic development, parity and reconstruction, not the holding of another plebiscite.”

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