Puerto Rican media puzzled by GOP Convention
Yesterday was by far one of those unusual days for Puerto Rican politics, after two prominent women from the island, Lucé Vela (spouse of Governor Fortuño) and Zoraida Fonalledas (GOP National Committeewoman), made notorious individual appearances at the Republican National Convention.
In the case of Mrs. Fortuño, she was slated to give a short message introducing Ann Romney and, by the way, to introduce herself to Republicans nationwide as well. However, as soon as Lucé stepped down from the stage, the audience started to notice that the vilifying website WhoIsLuceVela.com was going viral across social media platforms.
Hence, the Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Día had to break its regular coverage of the event to report on it:
WhoIsLuceVela.com aims to criticize, in a broken English, that the wife of the Governor Luis Fortuño has become a millionaire since his administration started four years ago, among other claims.
Each allegation contains a hyperlink that directs users to news sites that covered those issues, and many of them have embedded videos that depict the First Lady in various questionable political activities.
Meanwhile, as Chairwoman Fonalledas tried to start her official business, a loud protesting group of Ron Paul supporters interrupted the whole session. Many Puerto Ricans who were watching the broadcast turned to Twitter [here, here, here] to voice their concern and deprecate the mistreatment of their delegate.
In response, the news website Primera Hora rushed to explain that the floor commotion had nothing to do with her being Puerto Rican:
[Fonalledas] had to deal with the protest by supporters of Congressman Ron Paul until Reince Priebus, Chairman of the RNC, intervened on stage.
Even though the moody crowd was not directly raging at Fonalledas, she had to feel the heat and face the protest over the new RNC accreditation rules.
Image: Partial screenshot of Lucé Vela at the Republican National Convention, via C-SPAN.