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Ralph Northam endorses Terry McAuliffe's bid for Virginia governor
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam endorsed former Gov. Terry McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid on Thursday, backing the man he succeeded as governor to be the commonwealth's next chief executive.Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam endorsed former Gov. Terry McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid on Thursday, backing the man he succeeded as governor to be the commonwealth's next chief executive.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Thursday endorsed Terry McAuliffe in the state’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, backing his predecessor out of a historically diverse field of candidates.
“While our Commonwealth has faced the most severe pandemic in our lifetimes this past year, I am so proud of the work we have done to turn the corner and bring Virginia into recovery,” Northam said in a statement. “The longer-term impacts of this pandemic, however, will be around long after I leave office, and it’s critical that our next governor has the plans and experience to continue the fight to rebuild Virginia into a stronger, more equitable future. That’s who I am so proud to support Terry McAuliffe to be our next governor.”
Ralph Northam's career has been successfully rehabilitated — Andrew Cuomo will be next
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has had his political career fully rehabilitated. His Democratic colleague, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, can’t be allowed to have the same career recovery. © Provided by Washington Examiner Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is running for his old post and last week decided to tout the fact that he had landed Northam’s endorsement. In case it hadn’t been clear that Northam has completely recovered from his blackface/Ku Klux Klan yearbook photo scandal two years ago, McAuliffe was among those who had called on Northam to resign. Now, he is “honored to have his support.
McAuliffe, who served a single term after he was elected governor in 2013, also previously served as chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2001-2005. He is a prolific Democratic Party fundraiser and a political ally of the Clinton family, serving as co-chair of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s first White House campaign in 2008.
The state constitution prohibits Northam from seeking a second consecutive term in office, while McAuliffe — the frontrunner in the June 8 primary — is running to become the first Virginia governor to serve a second term in nearly a half-century.
In supporting McAuliffe, Northam bypassed endorsements of former state Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy and state Sen. Jennifer McClellan — either of whom would become Virginia’s first female governor and the country’s first Black female governor if elected.
Ralph Northam approves Virginia voting bill to 'expand access to the ballot box'
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday announced that he approved a voting rights bill in the commonwealth that would "protect and expand access to the ballot box."The legislation, which has been dubbed the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, "prohibits discrimination in elections administration, requires local election officials to get feedback or pre-approval for voting changes, and allows individuals to sue in cases of voter suppression," the Democratic governor's office said.
Northam also picked McAuliffe over his own deputy in Richmond, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who continues to dispute sexual assault allegations made against him in 2019, at the same time Northam became embroiled in a blackface scandal. Numerous national Democrats called on Northam to resign as a result of the episode — including McAuliffe.
first reported the news of Northam’s endorsement. Northam and McAuliffe are scheduled to appear together at two campaign events Thursday, in Norfolk and Alexandria.
Republicans will pick their nominee in a May 8 party-run, "firehouse primary," with roughly three-dozen voting centers set up by the state GOP on a Saturday for pre-registered voters to cast their ballots.
Virginia governor approves bill aimed at preventing voter suppression and discrimination in elections .
Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday approved the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, which aims to eliminate voter suppression and intimidation in the state -- a move that's in stark contrast to Republican-led efforts to restrict voting access in key states around the US. © RYAN M. KELLY/AFP/Getty Images Virginia is the first state to enact its own version of the federal Voting Rights Act, according to Northam's office. "At a time when voting rights are under attack across our country, Virginia is expanding access to the ballot box, not restricting it," Northam said in a statement.