Washington, D.C. – Due to a significant increase in professional commitments which would limit his ability to actively participate in the Puerto Rico Statehood Commission’s advocacy efforts, Iván ‘Pudge’ Rodríguez has decided to step down as Shadow U.S. Representative. The Hall of Famer will continue to support Puerto Rico and equality for all American citizens.
«I thank Governor Rosselló and the members of the Puerto Rico Statehood Commission for the honor and privilege to have served the people of Puerto Rico,» said Rodríguez.
«I continue being committed to equality for the U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico. For Puerto Rico to fully recover and rebuild after the devastation caused by Hurricane María last year, it is absolutely clear that we must also end second-class citizenship for the people of Puerto Rico,» he concluded.
The Governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, is expected to name a successor in the coming weeks.
«On behalf of my Administration and the people of Puerto Rico, I thank Iván ‘Pudge’ Rodríguez for his commitment to equality for all Americans. His significant reach in the continental United States greatly helped amplify the Statehood Commission’s efforts, and showcased the many ways that Puerto Ricans contribute to the fabric of American society. We wish him well in his future endeavors and look forward to his continued success,» said Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló.