Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi has conceded to Ricardo Rosselló in the race to become the New Progressive Party’s (NPP) 2016 gubernatorial candidate.
“It hurts me on a personal basis, but at the same time I must say that the cause [the NPP] stands for is bigger than the personal aspirations of its leaders,” Pierluisi said, as first reported in Caribbean Business. Pierluisi added that he had called Rosselló shortly before arriving at campaign headquarters.
“We carried the message that Puerto Rico needs a change and that this government, which is virtually bankrupt, has to be straightened out. Puerto Rico is not bankrupt, the government is bankrupt,” he said.
Pierluisi also announced that as soon as the State Elections Commission certifies Rosselló as the winner, he would withdraw as party president.
Former Gov. Pedro Rosselló celebrated along with his son at his victory party.
In his victory speech, Rosselló said he may leave Monday for Washington, D.C. to lobby against the congressionally proposed fiscal oversight board.