The rumors wash up against the gray walls of La Fortaleza, the governor's palace in this city's colonial quarter, with the regularity of the ocean's waves. Every few weeks they seem to gather momentum, like a tidal surge, and threaten to overwhelm the place and its occupant, Gov. Aníbal S. Acevedo Vilá.
The governor's endorsement of Senator Barack Obama, Democrat of Illinois, earlier this month also generated a whirlwind of theories about how it might affect both men's campaigns. Some people speculated that the Obama campaign, mindful of the cloud hanging over Mr. Acevedo's head, might distance itself from the governor. Others contended that the governor, betting on an Obama victory in the primaries and in the general election, was laying the groundwork for help from the White House should he be indicted.