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Puerto Rico’s Governor Has to Clean Up His Dad’s Mess

  • Governor Rossello faces a May 1 deadline to strike a deal
  • Days are a whirlwind of meetings, pep talks and spreadsheets
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Puerto Rico Governor Hopeful About Turnaround Plan

From the podium at the convention center that his father built, the governor trying to save Puerto Rico beheld his challenge: about 60 men and women staring back, sating their appetites with complimentary Pringles and coffee.

These weren’t Governor Ricardo Rossello’s constituents or the U.S. commonwealth’s Senate. No, this was his cabinet, the embodiment of the swollen bureaucracy he had promised to tame after he was elected in November. And the truth is, the people in front of him didn’t even represent all its members. Some called in via Skype. Others simply couldn’t make it.