Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro in a tweet on Thursday endorsed statehood for Puerto Rico.

The tweet, written in Spanish, roughly translates to, “The time has come to declare Puerto Rico a state” and links to an article about a bill introduced in Congress supporting statehood for the island territory.

A statehood referendum in 2017 found 97 percent of Puerto Rico residents who voted supported statehood.

Molinaro’s support comes as Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat seeking a third term this year, has visited Puerto Rico multiple times in the last several months to bring state aid and resources to the storm-battered island.