National Affairs: Consent in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's contests were settled by "agreement"—all three for Taft.

Delegate Hector Gonzalez Blanes, a member of the "legal" delegation, explained: His delegation, was for Taft. The contesting delegation, guided by Ikeman Garcia Mendez, had two uncommitted members, one member for Ike. The rival leaders met with Gabrielson, and finally Mendez agreed that one of his delegates, if seated, would vote for Taft. Said Blanes: "Mendez wanted to ... let the people back home think he hadn't come up here for nothing."

When the agreement was announced. Mendez shouted that he had not really "agreed," but had "consented." Politically, Puerto Rico seemed...

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