Frankly, we’re a little surprised that Republican contender Mitt Romney won Puerto Rico’s Republican presidential primary on Sunday, especially after the harsh words he said about Sonia Sotomayor. Upon arriving on the island, Romney criticized the Latin Supreme Court Justice for being “too liberal.”
Anyone familiar with Sotomayor’s history, knows she’s a huge draw on the island. Both her parents were born near San Juan and she has proudly proclaimed her Puerto Rican heritage.
But Mitt seems to think she is a “liberal jurist” who doesn’t always follow the Constitution. And if that weren’t enough, he has also advocated to wipe out Spanish as Puerto Rico’s official language.
Despite it all, Romney was able to secure a victory this past weekend. Puerto Rican governor Luis Fortuño (who’s also Republican) chose his words very carefully regarding the candidates. Though he’s definitely shown support for his party, Fortuño did speak out against Mitt’s stance on Sonia.
“Justice Sotomayor’s nomination was a momentous occasion for Puerto Rican Americans,” he said. “We’re all proud of her accomplishments.”
By Michael Lopez