A Fine Mess In Puerto Rico

Rallies Held Around U.S. In Solidarity With Puerto Rican Protesters

LOS ANGELES, - JULY 22: Protestors gather before a candlelight vigil outside City Hall in solidarity with Puerto Ricans in San Juan calling on Gov. Rossello to step down after a group chat was exposed that included misogynistic and homophobic comments. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Wow, that’s some political mess Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has gotten himself into.

And there’s a useful lesson in his predicament for other arrogant politicians, including some who are crowing about it.

Rossello’s July from hell began with the arrest of two top cronies for fraud in their handling of millions in federal funds.

This was met with a knowing smirk by a Trump spokesman, who said the busts validate the president’s complaints about having to send post-hurricane emergency aid to a mismanaged part of the US.

No question, Rossello is a joke who likes to make jokes, vulgar, unfunny, Donald Trump-style jokes about peers and constituents.

In “private” online chats that turned out not to be so private, Rosselló used vile sexist terms to describe female Puerto Rican politicians, and mocks an obese man he was photographed meeting.

And he aims a profane emoji at federal overseers of the commonwealth’s disastrous finances.

And guess what?

People don’t like it.

They’re flooding the streets with huge protests.

Former allies are heaving Rosello under the bus.

He still says he won’t resign, just like Alex Acosta did just before he resigned.

Moral of the story?

Don’t look down on your own constituents.

Don’t denigrate others.

Don’t be a jerk.

Maybe the imminent downfall of Rossello is a message to others who play that game -- that they’re playing with fire.

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