Once again we have a politician who is indicted on corruption charges and once again we have a news organization who "conveniently" neglects to mention his party label. You will look in vain for the party name of Puerto Rico Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila in this United Press International report:
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Dec 29, 2008 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Puerto Rico's governor, indicted on corruption charges, posted a video on the popular social networking site Facebook admitting to making mistakes.
During the four-minute video, Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila apologized to Puerto Ricans saying he "committed errors." However, he did not address specific charges against him or admit to any criminal wrongdoing, according to the video posted Sunday.A federal indictment handed down earlier this year accused the Puerto Rican governor of conspiracy to violate federal campaign laws and lying to the FBI, among other charges.Acevedo, who was voted out of office last month, faces trial in February.
Should you still be scratching your head over what party the indicted governor is a member of, I'll give you a hint by providing you with it's official name in Spanish: Partido Popular Democrático de Puerto Rico.
As for the video of the indicted ex-governor Democrático, it sure doesn't sound like an apology. Perhaps a better description for it would be a partial birth apology. Here is a translated excerpt:
Today, while reviewing what we have faced together, I am convinced that although I have committed errors like all human beings, I have always tried to do what was right and correct for love of Puerto Rico....For many adversaries, their main objective was to harm me without weighing consideration of the harmful consequences for the country. Fortunately I also found adversaries willing to work with me in putting Puerto Rico first and demonstrating that we could achieve more together....Your support is my strength.
Nope, that "apology" doesn't exactly sound like one. Ironically the very first sentence ever uttered in Spanish by your humble correspondent as a fresh-faced eight-year old newly arrived at that Commonwealth was addressed to another governor (honest and unindicted) of Puerto Rico:
¿Cómo está usted?
And here my Spanish lesson for UPI:
Partido Popular Democrático de Puerto Rico.