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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock drops out of 2020 race, no Senate run expected

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday announced he was suspending his campaign for president and made clear he has no plans to run for U.S. Senate.

The 53-year-old Democrat, who has served as governor since 2013, said it has become clear he won’t have a shot at the party’s nomination to beat President Trump in the 2020 presidential race.

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“While there were many obstacles we could not have anticipated when entering this race, it has become clear that in this moment, I won’t be able to break through to the top tier of this still-crowded field of candidates,” Bullock said in a statement.

The campaign of the two-term governor, who is also former state attorney general, got a late start, as Bullock only announced his candidacy in May, trailing along dozens of other Democratic candidates vying for the nomination. He tried to make the case that he was the best option to beat Trump because he was the only Democratic candidate to win in a state that Trump won in 2016.

Bullock struggled to raise money and register in the polls, managing to meet qualification thresholds for only one Democratic National Committee debate in July. He said he was running for president to win back places Democrats have lost and end the influence of “dark money” in politics — concerns, he said, that have not changed.

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The governor said he is leaving the crowded 2020 race “filled with gratitude and optimism, inspired and energized by the good people I’ve had the privilege of meeting over the course of the campaign.”

On Sunday night, Joe Sestak, a retired Navy admiral and former Pennsylvania congressman, dropped his bid for the presidential nomination, as well.

Bullock is the third Western governor or former governor to drop out of the 2020 race after struggling to build a national profile and donor base against well-known alternatives like former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper dropped out in August to run for the Senate. His departure was followed quickly by that of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who is seeking reelection.

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Bullock’s spokesperson, Galia Slayen, said Monday that Bullock “plans to work hard to elect Democrats in the state and across the country in 2020 [but] it will be in his capacity as a governor and a senior voice in the Democratic Party — not as a candidate for U.S. Senate.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Deval Patrick campaign event canceled at Atlanta college; only 2 people reportedly show up

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A campaign event for former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who launched a late Democratic presidential bid last week, reportedly was canceled Wednesday evening when only two people showed up.

Patrick was scheduled to speak at Morehouse College in Atlanta, a historically black men’s college located not far from the site of Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate. The event was organized by students from the New Deal Democrats.

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The student organization told ABC News it was given only given 24 hours’ notice about the event and the campaign said Patrick canceled because he was late from another event and had to catch a flight.

The campaign added that Patrick would reschedule his Morehouse visit, Haslett reported.

Patrick filed Nov. 14 to be on the New Hampshire primary ballot in February.

It’s not the first time Patrick has had trouble filling a room. New York Times reporter Jennifer Medina tweeted a photo of a nearly empty room at another event on Monday.

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Both Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg have spoken at the historically black college. Bernie Sanders is scheduled there Thursday.

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California governor signs large-scale law capping rent increases

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California will limit how much landlords can increase rents over the next decade as the state continues to grapple with a housing crisis that has exacerbated its homelessness epidemic.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newson signed the law Tuesday in Oakland, a city that has seen a 43 percent increase in homelessness in recent years. President Trump highlighted the issue last month, saying California cities continue to “destroy themselves” by not addresses the homeless crisis.

“We have people living in our … best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings … where people in those buildings pay tremendous taxes, where they went to those locations because of the prestige,” Trump told reporters.

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Speaking in Oakland to a crowd of housing advocates, Newsom said Trump “wasn’t wrong to highlight a vulnerability.”

In June, the governor authorized $2.4 billion in spending to address the state’s housing and homelessness crisis, including millions of dollars to build shelters. Affordable housing advocates have long urged lawmakers to make residential development easier to increase the state’s housing stock.

The law signed by Newsom limits year-over-year rent increases to five percent plus inflation until Jan.1, 2030. Landlords are also barred from evicting tenants without just cause, a provision meant to curb evictions just to raise rents.

The law doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1 but retroactively applies to rent increases on or after March 15 of this year to prevent landlords raising rents before the cap goes into effect.

Democratic Assemblyman David Chiu, who authored the bill, estimates the law will apply to 8 million of the state’s 17 million renters. It would not apply to housing built within the last 15 years, single-family homes except those owned by corporations or real estate investment trusts, or those living in rent-controlled units. Duplexes where the owner lives in one of the units also are not affected by the new law.

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Russell Lowery, executive director of the California Rental Housing Association, said the law adds another layer of red tape to the eviction process.

“It adds unnecessary expenses to all rental home providers and makes it more difficult to sever a relationship with a problem tenant,” he said.

Housing advocates are hopeful the law will spur more development in a state that desperately needs it. Housing costs have become a major issue in California, as many residents continue to be priced out of desirable neighborhoods.

In Los Angeles County, the shortage of affordable homes and apartments has spurred people to move further away from the coast into the desert east of the city. In the San Francisco area, the median price for a home is around $1.5 million.

Last year, voters rejected a statewide rent control ballot measure. Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland already have some form of rent control, but a 1995 law bans new rent control policies.

Without rent control, landlords in most cities across the state can raise rents at will as long as they give advanced notice.

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Bay Area resident Sasha Graham told The Associated Press her rent went up 150 percent in 2014. She paid on time and in full but was evicted anyway. She was homeless for the next three years, drifting between the homes of friends and strangers.

“Sometimes I lived with no lights, sometimes I lived with no water, depending on who I was living with [because] they were also struggling,” she said. “Sometimes I just had to use my money to go to a hotel room so I could finish my homework.”

In June, officials in Los Angeles County announced that homelessness had jumped 12 percent over the past year despite $619 million in spending.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Democratic Texas judge apologizes for joke about accident that left governor paralyzed

A Democratic judge in Texas apologized Friday for saying the state’s governor, Greg Abbott, ‘hates trees because one fell on him,’ a reference to an accident 35 years ago which left Abbott paralyzed.

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt made the quip during a discussion at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin about the Texas Legislature overriding local ordinances such one in the state capital regarding the cutting down of trees.. Eckhardt’s comment drew laughs from the panel’s audience.

The comment was first reported in a tweet by The Federalist political editor John Daniel Davidson.

“In my panel today at the Texas Tribune Festival on ‘Public Enragement’ I spoke about the importance of being able to disagree without being disagreeable. Then I said something disagreeable,” Eckhardt said in a statement, according to The Texas Tribune. “I want to apologize to Governor Abbott. I made a flippant comment that was inappropriate. The comment did nothing to further the debate I was participating in, much less further the political discourse in our community, state, and nation. While the Governor and I disagree on a number of issues, that is no excuse to be disagreeable.”

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Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. (Facebook/Nick Wagner, Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Abbott, 61, was left paralyzed from the waist down since 1984 when an oak tree fell on him while he was jogging in Houston. He has used a wheelchair ever since.

Travis County Republican Party chairman Matt Mackowiak said Eckhardt’s remark showed a “profound lack of compassion” towards someone with a disability.

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“Judge Eckhardt apparently believes that his disability is open to ridicule if it helps her make a political argument. This joke represents a profound lack of compassion from Judge Eckhardt,” he said in a statement. “There is no place for insulting Americans with disabilities and Judge Eckhardt should know better.”

Abbott’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.

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After his injury, Abbott sued the homeowner whose tree fell on him, along with the tree service company that had inspected the tree before it fell on him. Abbott received a multi-million dollar settlement in 1986, which he has said he would gladly give back to regain the use of his legs.

“Money doesn’t heal anything. Money doesn’t allow me to walk. It doesn’t allow me to dance with my wife. It doesn’t allow me to pick up my daughter. It doesn’t allow me to walk my daughter down the aisle when she gets married,” Abbott told The Texas Tribune in 2013, during his first campaign for governor. “If you could name the person I could write the check to, I’d send all this money right back if I could walk again.”

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says she’s being treated for lung cancer

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Thursday that she will receive treatment for a malignant spot on her lung.

The 74-year-old Republican governor said the spot was discovered in a routine exam and was later confirmed to be what she called a tiny, isolated malignancy.

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FILE – In this March 4, 2019, file photo, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks at a news conference in Beauregard, Ala.  (AP)

Ivey said she will travel Friday for an outpatient procedure at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and then will undergo radiation treatments.

“The good news is I am one of the fortunate ones where this was discovered early, and it is very treatable,” Ivey said in a statement.

“Naturally, I welcome your prayers and your support. Just as so many others who have been affected by cancer, I am confident of God’s plan and purpose for my life and feel extremely fortunate this was caught so early.”

The governor said it will not interfere in her ability to serve as governor and “doing the work you elected me to do.”

The governor announced the diagnosis in a statement and video released by her press office. She said she made the announcement because, “I always shoot straight with you.”

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Dr. William P. Saliski Jr. with Montgomery Pulmonary Consultants said Ivey was referred to him to review an abnormal spot on her lung, and a biopsy revealed an isolated malignancy.

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“Upon consultation with our cancer team and reviewing all options available, Governor Ivey determined that these minimal radiation treatments are her preference. Governor Ivey has opted for the least invasive treatment which has an excellent cure rate. I expect her to make a full recovery,” Saliski wrote in a statement released by Ivey’s office.

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Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana governor during Hurricane Katrina, dead at 76

Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who led her state during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer. She was 76.

The office of Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed Blanco’s death. She had been battling a rare form of cancer that had spread to her liver.

The Democrat who served in state government offices for more than two decades had announced in December 2017 that she was being treated for the incurable melanoma. “I’ve had an extraordinarily full life,” she said in her announcement of her terminal condition. A devout Catholic, Blanco thanked Louisiana residents for their “abiding love” during her years in public service and called it an “honor and a blessing” to lead the state during the response to Katrina and Hurricane Rita weeks later.

Blanco was the first woman to hold the post of Louisiana governor; she took office in 2004. Her career was largely defined by Katrina 20 months later, in August 2005. The storm devastated New Orleans and resulted in over 1,400 deaths and thousands being displaced.

Local leaders, as well as Blanco, were criticized for what was considered an unprepared and inadequate response. She shouldered much of the blame as pictures of flooded streets and people stranded on rooftops made news worldwide.

She said the situation was made worse by a Republican-led White House looking to shift the blame for its disaster-response failures.

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Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, seen here in 2007, died Sunday at 76. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

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“I wasn’t aware in those days that there was some intentional stalling going on in Washington,” Blanco said in a 2015 interview with USA Today Network. “I felt like I had to ask more times than should have been necessary.

“Katrina certainly left its mark and Rita left her mark on Louisiana. It made us tougher people though. It made us stronger,” the former governor said this past July.

Her political career never recovered and she decided against seeking a second term.

“She was a woman of abiding faith and unconditional love for her family, Louisiana and those she served,” Edwards said Sunday speaking next to first lady Donna Edwards, as the News Star newspaper reported. “Louisiana has lost a champion. Donna and I have lost a friend.”

A former high school teacher, Blanco served 24 years in elected office, making her way through state politics while rarely making waves. She first served in the state House in 1984 and eventually served as lieutenant governor from 1996 to 2004 before being elected governor.

She was also the first women to serve on the Louisiana Public Service Commission.

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Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco addressing a news conference as Gov. Bobby Jindal looked on, in June 2009. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

She dropped out of the 1991 governors’ race but ran a successful campaign in 2003 to defeat then-rising Republican star Bobby Jindal, who served as the state’s Republican governor after Blanco.

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She earned praise for raising public school teacher salaries during her tenure, as supporters said she ran a corruption-free government.

During her final months, Blanco described feeling “blessed by God” and said it was a “wonderful time for me, even though it is a time of a kind of countdown.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana governor during Hurricane Katrina, dead at 76

Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who led her state during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer. She was 76.

The office of Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed Blanco’s death. She had been battling a rare form of cancer that had spread to her liver.

The Democrat who served in state government offices for more than two decades had announced in December 2017 that she was being treated for the incurable melanoma. “I’ve had an extraordinarily full life,” she said in her announcement of her terminal condition. A devout Catholic, Blanco thanked Louisiana residents for their “abiding love” during her years in public service and called it an “honor and a blessing” to lead the state during the response to Katrina and Hurricane Rita weeks later.

Blanco was the first woman to hold the post of Louisiana governor; she took office in 2004. Her career was largely defined by Katrina 20 months later, in August 2005. The storm devastated New Orleans and resulted in over 1,400 deaths and thousands being displaced.

Local leaders, as well as Blanco, were criticized for what was considered an unprepared and inadequate response. She shouldered much of the blame as pictures of flooded streets and people stranded on rooftops made news worldwide.

She said the situation was made worse by a Republican-led White House looking to shift the blame for its disaster-response failures.

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Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, seen here in 2007, died Sunday at 76. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

BUSH RETURNS TO NEW ORLEANS 10 YEARS AFTER KATRINA

“I wasn’t aware in those days that there was some intentional stalling going on in Washington,” Blanco said in a 2015 interview with USA Today Network. “I felt like I had to ask more times than should have been necessary.

“Katrina certainly left its mark and Rita left her mark on Louisiana. It made us tougher people though. It made us stronger,” the former governor said this past July.

Her political career never recovered and she decided against seeking a second term.

“She was a woman of abiding faith and unconditional love for her family, Louisiana and those she served,” Edwards said Sunday speaking next to first lady Donna Edwards, as the News Star newspaper reported. “Louisiana has lost a champion. Donna and I have lost a friend.”

A former high school teacher, Blanco served 24 years in elected office, making her way through state politics while rarely making waves. She first served in the state House in 1984 and eventually served as lieutenant governor from 1996 to 2004 before being elected governor.

She was also the first women to serve on the Louisiana Public Service Commission.

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Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco addressing a news conference as Gov. Bobby Jindal looked on, in June 2009. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

She dropped out of the 1991 governors’ race but ran a successful campaign in 2003 to defeat then-rising Republican star Bobby Jindal, who served as the state’s Republican governor after Blanco.

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She earned praise for raising public school teacher salaries during her tenure, as supporters said she ran a corruption-free government.

During her final months, Blanco described feeling “blessed by God” and said it was a “wonderful time for me, even though it is a time of a kind of countdown.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Illinois moves to disbar former Gov. Rod Blagojevich as Trump mulls commuting sentence

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Illinois officials are seeking to disbar former Gov. Rod Blagojevich as he waits in a federal prison in Colorado for news on whether President Trump will commute his 14-year sentence on corruption charges.

The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission filed a complaint against Blagojevich earlier this month and requested a hearing before a disciplinary panel, the Chicago Tribune reported. The complaint cited the disgraced governor’s crimes — which include trying to sell former President Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat.

The Illinois Supreme Court suspended Blagojevich’s law license indefinitely after his conviction in 2011 at a second trial on wire fraud, bribery and attempted extortion charges.

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Attorneys for Blagojevich, 62, were served the complaint on Aug. 7, the day Trump said he was considering commuting his sentence. Blagojevich has until Aug. 28 to respond to the complaint.

James Grogan, deputy administrator and chief counsel for the ARDC, told the Tribune regulators must wait until the former governor’s appellate options have been exhausted by state law before beginning disbarment proceedings.

COMMUTATION OF BLAGOJEVICH’S PRISON SENTENCE ON HOLD

“Unless you agree to essentially disbar yourself, we have to wait,” Grogan told the paper.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the former governor’s appeal in April 2018.

Blagojevich graduated from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 1983 and was admitted to the Illinois bar a year later. His law career was brief.

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He worked as an assistant Cook County state’s attorney where he was assigned to traffic cases before embarking on a career in politics.

He served as governor from 2003 until he was impeached and removed from office in 2009. He could be eligible for early release as soon as May 2024.

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Rosselló officially resigns as Puerto Rico governor, Pedro Pierluisi to be sworn in as replacement

Outgoing Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló made his resignation official Friday and announced he will swear in veteran politician Pedro Pierluisi as the island territory’s new chief executive.

In an emailed statement, Rosselló’s office said Pierluisi, 60, did not need to be confirmed by both chambers of Puerto Rico’s legislature because he was named secretary of state, the next in line to be governor,  in a recess appointment earlier this week.

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Proposed Secretary of State Pedro Pierluisi speaks during his confirmation hearing at the House of Representatives, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Friday, August 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)

The statement did not say when Pierluisi would be sworn in but was sent a few minutes before 5 p.m., the hour when Rosselló had promised to step down.

Rosselló announced July 24 that he would resign after two weeks of protests over mismanagement and leaked chats that showed him and his top aides denigrating victims of Hurricane Maria and other Puerto Ricans.

Pierluisi was confirmed as the secretary of state Friday by a 26-21 vote, with one abstention, in the island’s House of Representatives. He was nominated by Rosselló. Both are members of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party.

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The issue over who is rightfully governor will almost certainly go to court. Some believe that because the legislature wasn’t in session when Pierluisi was appointed, he is the secretary of state unless the legislature rejects him.

Others say he still needs to be confirmed by the island’s Senate. Adding to the confusion, one constitutional amendment states that everyone in line to become governor has to be confirmed by both the House and Senate, except for the secretary of state.

Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz, a member of Rosselló’s party, said the outgoing governor “did not respect the demands of the people” and has vowed to vote against any nominee put forward by him. Rivera Schatz is seen as a possible candidate for governor in next year’s scheduled election. Several legislators have said they prefer Rivera Schatz over Pierluisi, but the Senate leader is a powerful figure deeply associated with Puerto Rico’s political and business elite, and his elevation to the governorship could re-ignite popular outrage.

Rivera Schatz has scheduled a Senate hearing on Pierluisi for Monday.

If Pierluisi doesn’t become governor, Justice Secretary Wanda Vazquez would have been next in line. An ally of Rosselló who is widely unpopular and the target of protests herself, she said last month she doesn’t want the job.

Several lawmakers have accused Pierluisi of having a conflict of interest because he worked for a law firm representing the federal control board that oversees the island’s finances. Many have called for the board to be abolished amid crippling austerity measures. Pierluisi’s brother in law is the board’s president.

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“Who better than me to advocate for our people before the board?” Pierluisi said recently in opening remarks at a House hearing on his nomination. “Who better than me to facilitate the process that will force the board to leave? That is what we all want.”

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Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives prepares to vote on whether to confirm Pedro Pierluisi as secretary of state, in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Friday. The confirmation removes an important obstacle to him becoming governor. But Pierluisi’s fate remains unclear. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)

The board was created by Congress to supervise the restructuring of more than $70 billion in debt after Puerto Rico declared bankruptcy. Pierluisi said he is against several austerity measures supported by the board, including laying off public employees and eliminating Christmas bonuses.

“The people want a change, and I don’t blame them,” he said.

Pierluisi formally served as the island’s non-voting member in Congress from 2009 to 2017 and was defeated by Rossello in the 2016 primaries. He served as justice secretary under Rosselló’s father, Pedro Rosselló, when the elder Rosselló was governor.

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Next-in-line to be governor of Puerto Rico says she has ‘no interest’ in the position

The politician next in line to assume the post of Puerto Rico governor — after Ricardo Rosselló announced his resignation last week — revealed Sunday she has “no interest” in the position.

Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez would become Puerto Rico’s second woman to hold the job of governor.

However, in a tweet on Sunday, Vázquez wrote, “I have no interest in occupying the position of Governor.”

She continued, “It is a Constitutional opinion. I hope that the Governor identifies and submits a candidate for the position of Secretary of State before August 2,” the day Rosselló, a Democrat and member of the territory’s New Progressive Party (PNP), is expected to step down.

She added that she told the embattled governor about her wishes.

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Puerto Rico Justice Secretary Wanda Vazquez, seen here in January 2018, said she did not want to take over as governor.  (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti, File)

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Vázquez made the comments about four days after Rosselló announced he will relinquish his post this coming Friday, becoming the first governor to resign in the history of the U.S. island territory.  Many Puerto Ricans also have demanded her removal amid the crisis.

The embattled governor’s decision came following more than a week of protests against him, spurred by a leak of crude and insulting chat messages between Rosselló and his top advisers. Prior to Rosselló announcing his own departure, lawmakers made threats of impeachment.

His announcement was met with the sounds of fireworks going off in Puerto Rico’s capital, as people were seen crying, banging pots and pans and playing music.

Demonstrators among the jubilant crowds celebrating the resignation in Old San Juan told Fox News on Thursday they were “relieved,” but that there still were a “lot of corrupt people we want to get out of here.”

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The leaked conversations reportedly showed the governor mocking women, homosexuals, political opponents and victims of Hurricane Maria.

In one message, Rosselló reportedly called one New York female politician of Puerto Rican descent a “w—e” and described another as a “daughter of a b—h.” One chat included vulgar references to Latin pop star Ricky Martin’s homosexuality.

More than a dozen officials already have resigned since the chats were leaked, including former Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marin, who would have been next in line to replace Rosselló, according to the U.S. territory’s Constitution.

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The island has tried to restructure part of $70 billion in debt and cope with a 13-year recession that has led to an exodus of nearly half a million people to the U.S. mainland in the past decade. Many Puerto Ricans have been resentful over the resulting pension cuts, school closings and other austerity measures.

Fox News’ Greg Norman, Bryan Llenas, Brie Stimson, Danielle Wallace and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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