Alejandro Garcia Padilla

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Alejandro Javier García Padilla (also known as Agapito; born August 3, 1971) is a Puerto Rican politician and attorney who served as the 11th Governor of Puerto Rico from 2013 to 2017. Prior to this position, García Padilla held various roles in the political landscape of Puerto Rico; first as Secretary of Consumer Affairs, and then as a member of the 24th Senate of Puerto Rico and as president of the Popular Democratic Party. Locally, he is a staunch advocate for maintaining the current political status of Puerto Rico as that of an unincorporated territory of the United States with self-government, while at the national level he is allied with the Democratic Party. As governor, García Padilla shared his legislative powers with the 25th Senate and 29th House of Representatives, both controlled by his party. Regardless of this, he was not able to persuade several members of his own party to support his proposals. This failure, in addition to his low popularity, ultimately led him to not seek re-election thus becoming the second governor in Puerto Rican history to not do so after their first term.

On 2011, Alejandro admitted on gossip program SuperXclusivo that since 7 years old, he started watching pornography and he was once fired from his work for sending porn images to work mates.[1]

On June 14, 2011, Alejandro befriended with Barack Hussein Obama as they lunch together n Kasalta restaurant in San Juan.[2]

On 4 August 2013, protesters marched in Old San Juan to express their discontent with new taxes imposed by his administration and the way the government has been handling its finances.[3]

On 6 November 2013, El Nuevo Día released poll results published a year after his election that indicated that 57% of poll participants rated García-Padilla's administration with a "D" or an "F" grade and 62% disapproved of his performance as governor.[4][5]

He has also been accused of nepotism, because of his having five relatives working in the government, three of them as political appointees. Most of the criticism was focused on the appointment of his cousin, Ricardo Colon Padilla, as director of the commonwealth's Medicaid program, as Colon been previously convicted of providing the FBI and IRS with false testimony during an investigation.[6]

On 2015, Alejandro supported the homosexual agenda, by signing a law to accept same-sex marriage.[7]

Garcia Padilla has been criticized by some Puerto Ricans for his poor command of the English language, marked by stammering, poor vocabulary, a strong accent, and difficulty in understanding the language.[8][9][10] He has tried to shake off criticism of his language skills by appealing to populism, stating that he is proud of his rural origins, and that his English reflects said origin, and that he also "speaks better English than a mainlander speaks Spanish."[11]

On 14 December 2015 after weeks of speculation and due to opposition from his own party, García Padilla announced he wouldn't seek re-election.
  3. Jusino, Mardelis. ""Puerto Rico no aguanta más" los impuestos", WAPA-TV, 2013-08-04. Retrieved on 2013-11-13. (Spanish) 
  4. "García Padilla: "Me voy a postular y voy a ganar"", 6 November 2013. Retrieved on 16 December 2015. (es) 
  5. "Malas notas para el gobernador", 6 November 2013. Retrieved on 8 November 2013. (Spanish) 
  6. "Cinco familiares de García Padilla laboran en el gobierno", 21 January 2014. Retrieved on 16 December 2015. (es) 
  8. Video: ¿Qué te parece el acento de García Padilla al hablar inglés?. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved on 29 June 2015.
  9. Deficiente el inglés de AGP en carta a Obama. Retrieved on 29 June 2015.
  10. Alejandro Garcia Padilla hablando inglés. Primera Hora. Retrieved on 29 June 2015.
  11. Alejandro GarcÃa Padilla se rÃe de su forma de hablar inglés. Primera Hora. Retrieved on 29 June 2015.