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Rosselló Endorses Nelson In Senate Re-election Bid

Sen. Bill Nelson. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Sen. Bill Nelson. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló is endorsing Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) in his re-election bid. Both Nelson and his challenger, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) are scrambling for Puerto Rican votes.

Speaking at a campaign event in Orlando Monday, Rosselló thanked Nelson for securing funds for Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Rosselló is a Democrat like Nelson, but he said this endorsement was a tough decision.

“Governor Scott has also been a friend, but I am here in spite of that because I believe in Bill Nelson,” said Rosselló.

“I am grateful for his longstanding friendship for the people of Puerto Rico.” 

Nelson thanked Rosselló for the endorsement “under difficult circumstances”.

Nelson said Puerto Ricans have been treated like second class citizens in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

“It’s our obligation as Americans, as Floridians, it’s our obligation to help them,” said Nelson.

“And governor [Rosselló], it’s a great great honor that you can stand with me.”

Gov. Scott has made numerous trips to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria. He’s secured endorsements from the likes of Congresswoman Jennifer González Colón and Puerto Rico’s secretary of state Luis Rivera Marin.


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A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »

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