Republican Party of Puerto Rico


Republican Party of Puerto Rico

Infobox_American_State_Political_Party
party_name = Republican Party of Puerto Rico
party_articletitle = Republican Party (United States)
party_
website = [http://www.goppr.org/index.php.en www.goppr.org]
headquarters = #1629 Piñero Ave.
San Juan, PR 00920
chairman = Carlos Méndez
vice chair = Rep. Jennifer González
vice chair = Mayor Abel Nazario
foundation = 1899
ideology = Center-right
Conservatism
Economic liberalism
national = Republican Party
colors =
footnotes =
The Republican Party of Puerto Rico ( _es. Partido Republicano) is the state affiliate of the national Republican Party of United States, which supports statehood for the island. Carlos Méndez, the Mayor of Aguadilla, is the local chairman and the party is based on San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Congressman Luis G. Fortuño, the current Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, is the Puerto Rico Republican Party's top elected official.

Puerto Rico Republican Party Chairpersons

History

Once the Spanish-American War ended in 1898, a wing of the Autonomist Party, an old party from Spanish colonial times, founded The Republican Party on July 4, 1899. This new party favored joining the United States as a federated state and was led by Dr. José Celso Barbosa. The party was ideologically conservative and was seen as representing the island's large sugar industry.

In 1924 the party split into two factions. One faction joined with the Union Party to form the Alianza (The Alliance), a pro-autonomy group. The other faction, renaming itself the Pure Republican Party, joined with the Socialist Party to form the pro-statehood "Coalición" (The Coalition).

In 1932, part of the Alianza returned to the Pure Republican Party, and the party was renamed the Republican Union. The Republican Union eventually dissolved in the 1930s and became the Puerto Rican Republican Party.

In 1967 a split in the Republican Statehood Party between leaders Miguel A. García Méndez and Luis A. Ferré over the 1967 status plebiscite led to the formation of the New Progressive Party (NPP). The division caused the Republican Statehood Party to be dissolved after the 1968 elections when it did not poll the number of votes necessary to retain its party registration. The New Progressive Party went on to win the 1968 elections.

Luis Fortuño was re-elected by the Republican Party of Puerto Rico's General Assembly to continue serving as National Committeeman, a position he has held since 2001. He won reelection as National Committeeman in the GOP convention held on May 20, 2007 in Yauco, Puerto Rico.

On September 4, 2008 at Minneapolis-St. Paul Puerto Rico's Delegation gave all 24 votes to the party's nominee for President in the upcoming 2008 election Senator John McCain of Arizona, and the party's nominee for Vice-President, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska.

2008 Republican Primaries

On February 24, 2008, the Republican Party of Puerto Rico held its caucus for the 2008 Presidential Primaries. John McCain was awarded all 24 delegates from Puerto Rico.

Further reading

Trías Monge, José. "Puerto Rico: The Trials of the Oldest Colony in the World" (Yale University Press, 1997) ISBN 0-300-07618-5

External links

* [http://www.goppr.org/index.php.en Republican Party of Puerto Rico]
* [http://www.yrpr.org/ Young Republicans of Puerto Rico]
* [http://www.statehoodpr.org/ Puerto Rico Statehood Student Association]

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