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Democratic Governors Skipping Policy Conference in Sunny Puerto Rico Resort

Only three of the nation’s 21 Democratic Governors are scheduled to attend the Democratic Governors Association Winter Policy Conference in Puerto Rico this Friday evening and Saturday.

The poor attendance will probably be due to the very cold and snowy winter that almost all of the States are experiencing his year — although that does not explain why Governor John DeJongh of the U.S. Virgin Islands within eyesight of the conference location is not scheduled to attend.

Most of those who are to be at the posh El Conquistador resort in Fajardo on the island of Puerto Rico’s northeast corner will be representatives of business, according to an official close to Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla (“Commonwealth” party).

Garcia will also be present.

Sponsorship levels for the 24.5-hour event range from $100,000 at the high end down to a low of $10,000. 

The “Policy Conference” will have only three hours devoted to policy.  Simultaneous sessions on infrastructure and health care will be held from 9 AM through Noon Saturday.

The other events are two receptions and a breakfast, according to Democratic Governors Association materials that feature pictures of beaches and luxury boats.

Two of the three governors who are scheduled to travel to Puerto Rico are the Association’s chairman and vice chair, Peter Shumlin of Vermont and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, respectively.  Shumlin has been in office since 2011. Like Garcia, Hassan was elected in 2012.

The third governor who will participate is Martin O’Malley of Maryland.  This year is his last in office, although he is said to be interested in running for president of the United States in 2016.









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