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THE PUERTO RICO HERALD
Luis Fortuño, Puerto Ricos New Resident Commissioner, Speaks Out
This is the first of three videos introducing Herald readers to Puerto Ricos new Resident Commissioner, Luis Fortuño, a member of the islands New Progressive Party (NPP) and a mainland Republican (GOP), who took office on January 4, 2005, as a freshman member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Before leaving Puerto Rico to assume his new duties in the nations 109th Congress, Mr. Fortuño outlined his legislative agenda and spoke of the challenges he faces in his new position, especially since the contentious election of 2004 left the island with a split government. In this first segment, the new Resident Commissioner speaks of his surprising victory -- his first in elective politics and of his desire to bring the four million American citizens of Puerto Rico into full equity with the nations nearly 300 million inhabitants, both in economic benefits and in political status.