Vázquez, who’s set to take over
Muchas gracias Gobernador, mi compromiso con la justicia y el pueblo de PR es inquebrantable. https://t.co/9DtC3Gf2gv
— Wanda Vázquez Garced (@wandavazquezg) July 9, 2019
Puerto Rico’s constitution dictates the secretary of state is first in line to take over if the governor resigns. However, Secretary of State controversial chat that leaked, resigned July 13 amid the controversy., one of the 12 men who took part in the
In response to the controversy that led to Rosselio’s resignation, Vázquez released a statement saying: “I recognize that the frustrations and pressures of the day-to-day can be expressed in an incorrect way within the privacy of a friendship. But I have to express the deep regret this causes me as a woman, as a mother, as a professional and as a citizen of this beautiful island.”
Soon after the announcement that Vázquez would take over, calls for her resignation began trending on Twitter with the hashtag #WandaRenuncia.
Here are five things you should know about the controversial figure:
She was the first secretary of justice to face criminal charges.
In November 2018, Vázquez faced allegations that she had improperly intervened on behalf of her daughter and son-in-law in a theft case from their home. She was briefly suspended from her post during the investigation but was later cleared of any ethical violations due to insufficient evidence against her, Puerto Rican daily El Nuevo Día reported.
When Rosselló immediately reinstated her, he drew criticism because it came before the period of an appeal had passed, the New York Times reported.
Her office led a probe into the office of Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz following allegations of corruption. The investigation resulted in the federal indictment of a senate official for submitting fake invoices benefitting Rivera’s political allies. This fueled a public battle between them where he called for her resignation, accusing her of committing crimes and mishandling cases. However, there are allegations that she didn’t properly investigate the case.