Although some members of Congess were cautious about the significance of Fidel Castro’s resignation this morning, Congressman Jose Serrano of the Bronx thinks that the U.S. should engage with his brother, Raul, who is now in power.
In a public statement, Serrano said, “now that he has voluntarily stepped aside and relinquished power, I wonder what twisted new rationale they will create to continue their failed policies. It is long past time to end the charade and begin dialogue and engagement with Cuba.”
Serrano went on to say, “It is time to recognize that Castro was a great leader for his people—and move toward engagement with his successor. It is time to put the past struggles behind us and move forward together.”
Serrano has long opposed the embargo and sought to “normalize” relations with Cuba.