Not sure how Pierluisi thinks that will pass an island referendum. The status quo supporters and independence supporters combined outnumber the statehooders. Does he know something that we don't?Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi said he was pushing for Puerto Rico status legislation to be introduced in the U.S. Congress during the session beginning in January, which could put forth a "yes" versus "no" vote on statehood.
An offer of statehood was one of the "legitimate" responses the U.S. Congress could make in response to the November plebiscite, the resident commissioner said, and that would include as a condition a "yes" or "no" statehood referendum. He also said the U.S. Congress could offer a vote between the nonterritorial alternatives of statehood, free association and independence.
I think a Federally sanctioned referendum with the 3 non-colonial options has the best chance at a statehood victory - the PPD would likely boycott it entirely. Pierluisi also mentioned this as a possibility.