June 4, 2018 / Press Releases

Former Puerto Rican Governor Pedro Rosselló endorses Nelson for U.S. Senate

Tampa, FL – Today, former Puerto Rican Governor Pedro Rosselló endorsed U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s re-election campaign, calling Nelson a “champion of the Puerto Rican people.”

“Bill Nelson has been a tireless advocate for the people of Florida and Puerto Rico in the U.S. Senate. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Nelson led efforts in Congress for Puerto Ricans, both on the island and in Florida,” Gov. Rosselló said. “From health care to education to disaster relief, Sen. Nelson has worked to ensure Puerto Ricans received the same treatment and opportunities as other American citizens – and will undoubtedly continue his steadfast support for Puerto Rico. When the Trump administration turned their back on Puerto Rico, Nelson fought to pass a supplemental budget that provided much needed relief for Puerto Ricans.”

“Sen. Nelson pushed for billions in disaster relief funding and answers for the woeful federal response while advocating for health care and housing assistance for my fellow Puerto Ricans who have relocated to the mainland,” Rosselló said. “Well before the hurricanes devastated the island, Senator Nelson was instrumental in advancing the important issues of Puerto Ricans and all Floridians. For 18 years he has been both a friend and a champion of the people of Puerto Rico.”

Rosselló and state Sen. Victor Torres Jr. joined Nelson at Nilsa’s Puerto Rican Bistro in Tampa on Monday morning and will travel with Senator Nelson to Kissimmee, where they will talk to supporters at Willer’s Supermarket.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of Governor Rosselló and truly appreciate his faith that I will continue my work on behalf of the Puerto Rican community,” Nelson said. “We agree our fellow Americans should be treated with dignity and respect and receive the same help as those in Florida or Texas following disasters, which unfortunately has not been the case.”

Gov. Rosselló served as the Governor of Puerto Rico for two terms, from 1993-2001 and he is the father of current Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló.