Once again, the State comes as a case study on the complexities surrounding race and power politics.
Two years ago, when a black-faced racist image emerged from the 1980s that appeared to include Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia , the flashback was rapid and severe. There were more and more calls for his resignation.
But in the end, the polls showed most voters said he shouldn't quit - and some of his steadfast support is come black voters in Virginia . He resisted the scandal and he is still at work.
Exactly two months remain until the Democratic primary elections which will most likely determine Northam's successor, as the state has turned decidedly blue (candidate Democrat won thes 13 national elections since 2012). And once again, Virginia is emerging as a case study of the complexities surrounding the politics of race and power.
Northam, which continues to benefit from widespread approval , in especially from black voters, Thursday approved Terry McAuliffe, former governor of Virginia and the 'one of two white candidates in a five-person Democratic field. McAuliffe has directly preceded Northam in the governor's mansion and now wants to succeed him too.
In a declaration, Northam portrayed McAuliffe as a strong steward of the economy during his four years at the helm. "It is essential that our next governor have the plans and the experience to continue the fight to rebuild Virginia into a stronger, more equitable future," he said. "That 's why I ' m so proud to help Terry McAuliffe become our next governor.
Former banking executive, prolific Democratic donor and Former Democratic National Committee chairman McAuliffe was barred from running for re-election in 2017 because Virginia does not allow its governor to serve consecutive terms.
There have been few polls in this race, but McAuliffe is considered a clear front -runner, partly because of his formidable connections and resume, and partly because his challengers have similarities - though eThey are superficial - which might gain their support. besides lee carter, a 33 year old navy veteran and member of the chamber of delegates, the other three candidates - jennifer mcclellan, carroll foy justin fairfax are black, younger than mcauliffe generally to his left.
Like Northam four years ago on the crooked road of the Virginia campaign, and Joe Biden last year in the presidential race, McAuliffe deliberately outflanked his opposing black opponents. He stressed his ties to the black elite in the politics of Virginia, and since the day he announced his candidacy, he has settled into the approvals of black officials.
But on Tuesday, when 'a televised debate, McAuliffe faced attacks from a unified team of rivals, and things boiled over when Fairfax, the lieutenant governor of the state, 'criticized for calling in 2019 for the resignation of Fairfax. As Northam was engulfed in his own scandal, two women publicly accused Fairfax of sexual assault. Fairfax denied the allegations and, like the governor, managed to stay in office, mostly by moving on.
During the debate, Fairfax went all the way after McAuliffe, reminding voters of America's long and shameful history of false accusations and White to black men.
"He treated me like George Floyd, he treated me like Emmett Till - no due processe, immediately assumed my guilt, "Fairfax said." I have a son and a daughter, and I don't want my daughter to be assaulted; I don't want my son to be wrongly accused. This is the real world we live in. So we have to speak the truth to power, and we have to be very clear about the impact this has on people's lives. "
But even before that, Fairfax had partly undermined his own argument by pointing out that it wasn't just McAuliffe: all his Democratic rivals on stage had called on him to step down in 2019.
Also, as Times reporter Astead Herndon observed on Twitter, " 'which is to me happened is like what happened to George Floyd and Emmett Till 'is not something a living person can say.
McClellan, a state senator, picked up on the theme of racial justice but attacked McAuliffe on substantive political grounds. She said he underfunded the state's parole system as governor and called him a laggard of the justice reform movement.
McAuliffe pushed back by pointing his decided to restore the right to vote to over 200,000 criminals in 2016, and said he supported equipping all state police officers with body camerass - two major objectives of civil rights defenders.
For the moment, Fairfax has not been able to define his candidacy apart from the allegations made against him, which leads some close observers to anticipate that the next few weeks will be a face-to-face meeting between McClellan and Carroll Foy, a former state delegate. If either of these emerges as a clear alternative to McAuliffe, it would likely be because she has persuaded enough big funders to step out of the woodworking industry to support her campaign and provide much-needed funds.
As a Democratic insider from Virginia told me in a phone conversation Thursday, "McClellan has a roadmap to sell. Carroll Foy has a track record and an approach to selling. But if they only sell it on Twitter, Terry McAuliffe will be the nominee. "
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