Among a range of up-and-coming Latino leaders in the Republican Party is the relatively-unknown, fairly experienced, and ambitious Luis Fortuño, governor of Puerto Rico, and his name is beginning to make the circles
as a potential nominee for the Vice Presidency next year. The Georgetown and University of Virginia-educated lawyer served four years as Puerto Rico's representative in Congress, where he held the chairmanship of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and is a member of the National Republican Committee. Prior to that he oversaw Puerto Rico's tourism industry and served as Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce. He was elected governor in 2009, and is currently the leader of the Southern Governors' Association and the Council of State Governments, as well as an Obama nominee to the bipartisan Council of Governors. His governorship has been marked by slashing the size of government
and pushing a pro-growth economic agenda.
While his nomination would be a long-shot, choosing the governor of this far-southeastern territory makes more sense than having chosen the governor of that far-northwestern state. Youthful and eloquent, he could bring to the table a particular knowledge of problems in our own hemisphere as he must work frequently with our neighbors in the Caribbean. He could also help usher in a new conservative coalition in the country, and he seems to be interested in doing just that. Governor Fortuño is surely going to be someone to watch in coming years and, perhaps, next year.