The primary opponent that Bob Cortes is referring to in his press release is John Ward.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2018
CORTES ENDORSES COSTELLO FOR CONGRESS
“As a colleague, as a friend, and as a Puerto Rican American, I strongly support Fred Costello’s candidacy for Congress. Sadly, his primary opponent has made it clear he does not believe Puerto Ricans should be allowed to exercise their rights as American citizens.
"This is an outrage. No candidate for office in this great country should be so woefully ignorant of the Constitution and the rights it protects for American citizens. Electing a candidate like that is dangerous and would be a disservice, not just to the Puerto Rican Americans he would disenfranchise, but to all freedom-loving Americans.
"Thankfully, Fred Costello has made it clear that he holds the opposite view, because he understands our Constitution and the rights it gives Puerto Ricans and all Americans, among them the right to register to vote and to move anywhere they please within the United States. I urge all District 6 voters to reject prejudice and ignorance and support Fred Costello.”
Paid by Bob Cortes, Republican, for State Representative.###.
John Ward is ignorant of some basic facts re: the rights of U.S. citizens from Puerto Rico.
1. Puerto Ricans who live in the U.S. can and do vote in U.S. elections.
2. Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens: Puerto Rico was a Spanish colony until the U.S. took control of the island after the Spanish-American War of 1898. In 1917, the U.S. granted citizenship to Puerto Ricans. Puerto Ricans have U.S. passports.
3. As U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans can freely travel and move between the island and any of the 50 states of the union.
4. Puerto Ricans have been and are an integral part of the U.S. military forces.