Sen. Chuck Schumer is seen breaking Puerto Rico’s strict mask rules while dancing the merengue and celebrating the Democrats’ infrastructure bill win
- Senator Chuck Schumer is currently in Puerto Rico for the SOMOS conference
- Schumer, 70, was seen maskless while dancing during a Friday night party
- He was spotted dancing the merengue alongside New York City Council member Carlina Rivera who was also not wearing a mask
- A number of New York politicians have gone to the conference including Gov Kathy Hochul, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and mayor-elect Eric Adams
- None of the politicians are said to have been wearing masks at events so far
Chuck Schumer was spotted celebrating the passing of President Biden’s infrastructure bill on Friday night, but the Senate Majority Leader who was in Puerto Rico, appeared to let the win for the Democrats go to his head and forgot to wear a face mask.
Strict local rules on the Caribbean island are still in place and require those in public places indoors to wear face coverings, regardless of their vaccination status.
Schumer, 70, was seen embracing island life as he attempted to perform the merengue alongside New York City Council member Carlina Rivera who was also maskless.
Senator Chuck Schumer, 70, is currently in Puerto Rico for the SOMOS conference. He was seen maskless while dancing during a Friday night party
Schumer was spotted dancing the merengue alongside New York City Council member Carlina Rivera who was also not wearing a mask
‘Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and pals in clear violation of Puerto Rico’s indoor mask mandate,’ tweeted Puerto Rican journalist Carlos Berríos Polanco. ‘His dancing sucks too,’ he added in a final barb.
Schumer, who was dressed in chinos and a white shirt looked as though he had just stepped out of the office and had his signature reading glasses balanced at the end of his nose as he continued to dance at a party being held in a hotel conference room.
Schumer was spotted at the annual SOMOS conference, a five day event that sees a mix of both past and present elected officials, lobbyists and consultants all schmoozing with one another.
Schumer wasn’t the only one spotted without a mask at the SOMOS conference
The senator caught the attention of an unidentified woman who proceeded to dance with him
The conference, at which more than 800 were expected this year, is supposed to highlight the needs of the Hispanic community in New York and to strengthen relationships between Puerto Rico and the Big Apple, but in reality the event is more of a networking extravaganza.
It wasn’t just Schumer who failed to adhere to Puerto Rico’s masking guidelines. A number of other New York politicians including Governor Kathy Hochul, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio together with mayor-elect Eric Adams, were all at the conference and without masks.
Schumer’s office contacted the New York Post to say the senator is fully vaccinated and has received a booster shot as well as being regularly tested for the coronavirus.
Senator Schumer’s dancing looked slightly awkward as he bust a move while still wearing his reading glasses perched on the end of his nose
US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer seen earlier this week on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC