Just as Puerto Ricans began expressing their opposition to Wanda Vázquez Garced – the woman that would reportedly take over for disgraced Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló – the justice secretary tweeted that she doesn’t want the job.
“I will reiterate: I do not have any interest in becoming the governor,” she tweeted. “It is a constitutional dictum. I hope that the governor identifies and submits a candidate for the position of Secretario/a de Estado before August 2, and that’s what I have told him.”
Me reitero, no tengo interés en ocupar el puesto de Gobernadora. Es un dictamen Constitucional. Espero que el señor Gobernador identifique y someta un candidato para el puesto de Secretario/a de Estado antes del 2 de agosto y así se lo he manifestado.
— Lcda Wanda Vázquez Garced (@wandavazquezg) July 28, 2019
Much like Rosselló, Vázquez would likely have faced protests. Some believe she has failed the island in many ways, including by not investigating members of her own party and not protecting women. “A lot of feminist groups were very critical of Wanda Vázquez,” Saadi Rosado of the Feminist Collective told The New York Times. “She failed to address gender violence issues and was another piece of government bureaucracy.”
While demonstrations against Rosselló began after a trove of sexist, homophobic, and inappropriate messages from his administration were uncovered, people were calling for his resignation because of his general inaction throughout his term.