The mayor of Puerto Rico’s largest city, San Juan, became an international after sporting T-shirt and baseball cap and begged for help after Hurricane Maria left San Juan in pieces.
She also took a shot at President Trump for not doing enough to help her people.
Six months later, constituents of Carmen Yulin Cruz are still struggling for food, shelter, and power.
Many have turned on the leader who they say turned her global close-up into a never-ending parade of self-promotion.
Cruz told an international audience, “If we don’t get food and water into people’s hands, what we are going to see is something close to a genocide.”
Her feud with President Trump over recovery efforts turned her into a liberal image. She has since been on numerous national television shows, including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. —
She also scored a high-profile invite to the State of the Union as the guest of New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
After the speech, Cruz labeled the president’s pledges of support to Puerto Rico as “hypocrisy.”
There is a growing frustration among her constituents who feel forgotten.
Many say Cruz’s personal political ambitions are coming at the expense of the people she’s supposed to be representing.
She even hired extra photographers to follow her around post-storm and is even scheduled to make multiple appearances in Holyoke, Mass., next month.
A small business owner in San Juan told Fox News, “She comes out, goes on television and pats herself on the back. It stopped being about us a long time ago.”
A bartender at a popular hotel in Old San Juan says she feels like a political pawn.
Cruz is also facing serious backlash after it was revealed that during this crisis she used funds to pay four additional photographers to follow her around on top of her media team.
She raised eyebrows again after shelling out $12,000 for four photographers to follow her around the island after Maria, taking heroic-looking pictures of her helping residents – many that went viral.
The first contract, dated Sept. 28, was for José Antonio Reyes García and was followed by two others on Oct 1 for Alina de Lourdes Luciano Reyes and Wanda Liz Vega Dávila. The last contract was awarded to Ana María Abruña Reyes on Oct. 11.
All four deals expired on Dec. 31.
The contracts were up to $50 an hour for “professional services” that included covering emergency events, documenting it for the press, photography for special events and documenting special projects and activities for the mayor or her representative, according to Noticel.
Each photographer made his or her own schedule and worked 20 hours a week.
She told Fox News, “We get passed around from politician to politician. They use us and think we aren’t smart enough to know. It’s insulting.”
Edwin Melendez, director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York, called Cruz an opportunist.
He explained, “The impact of Hurricane Maria has created a situation of flux in Puerto Rican politics. Local and federal responses were not up to par in Puerto Rico and that opened up an opportunity for her. She got the spotlight. She took it.”
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