Aparicio will be supporting O’Malley in Puerto Rico, where voters cannot cast a vote for president but can participate in primaries. Recognizing Hillary Clinton’s frontrunner status, Aparicio reportedly told Metro that he believes Clinton has already made up her mind on the status issue, but that O’Malley is open to different sides of the issue. Metro is also reporting that Aparicio consulted with Puerto Rico’s Popular Democratic Party (PPD) before assuming his new role and that PDP Secretary General Jorge Suarez has traveled to Baltimore to ask O’Malley his views on Puerto Rico’s status. Aparicio said O’Malley requested more information on the federal bankruptcy and health care funding issues.
Hillary Clinton decisively won the Puerto Rican primary in 2008.