Candidates taking up Puerto Rico amid politics
Puerto Rican politics and Florida politics are inextricably linked this year, as midterm congressional candidates target the Puerto Rican community, which has seen a sharp increase in Central Florida following Hurricane Maria’s devastation of the island.
After months of making heavily publicized trips — in some cases, a handful of trips — to the island and Central Florida, candidates on the state ballot this November have started to take solid positions on the controversial question of status for the island, showcased their efforts to help Puerto Rico recover, and secured endorsements from both former and current Puerto Rican officials.
“Puerto Rico is our backyard. … Once you live in Orlando and you’re Puerto Rican, you have that back and forth connection,” said Adela López, director of the nonpartisan advocacy group Misión Boricua. “Even though you’re away, you still have a