The New Progressive Party gubernatorial nomination race in Puerto Rico has begun to heat between Pedro Pierluisi (D) and Jenniffer González-Colón (R).
The Office of the Electoral Comptroller (OCE) wanted governor candidates to be in “strict compliance” with their presentation of financial and expense reports. Starting in October, they must submit their monthly financial statements.
Jenniffer González-Colón submitted her first report with the OCE with $750,000 in income. During the quarter between July and September, Pedro Pierluisi raised $659,879.05, which increased his account to $3,451,194.89.
Edwin Mundo, Pierluisi’s campaign manager, urged González to step down from the campaign because the current governor has proven to have the funds and resources to support the PNP party and the Puerto Rican citizens.
Mundo commented, “We want to take this opportunity to call on the commissioner to not allow the party to have to spend the money we have for the campaign on a totally unnecessary primary. She still has time to return to where she needs to be, in the candidacy for resident commissioner in Washington.”
Pierluisi’s campaign hopes to raise more than $1 million before the primaries, with his monthly income between $200,000 and more. His total financial income is $1,077,381.47 more than González-Colón’s.
The resident commissioner’s campaign director, Aníbal Vega Borges, called Mundo’s claims an “act of total desperation.” She commented on the situation, saying, “The governor’s campaign director has resorted to begging the resident commissioner for her to give up her aspiration for the governorship. It seems unimaginable to us that they would resort to having to beg Jenniffer to withdraw from a race in which she has the overwhelming support of the people”. The two campaigns will continue to scrutinize the other to win over the Puerto Rican citizens and secure the PNP nomination until the primaries are held on June 2, 2024.