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Anticipated Northam Visit To Burke Draws Protesters
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 15, 2019 10:31AM

https://patch.com/virginia/burke/amp/28022434/anticipated-northam-visit-burke-draws-protesters


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Protesters gathered in Burke before Gov. Ralph Northam was expected to appear at a campaign fundraiser Sunday. In the end, the governor decided against attending the fundraiser for Democratic Sen. Dave Marsden was held at Ponds Community Center.

Among the groups represented at the protest were the Fairfax County NAACP and the Republican Party of Virginia. Fairfax NAACP President Kofi Annan told The Washington Post the group was not happy some Democrats have reversed their calls for Northam's resignation.

A Northam spokesperson told WTOP the governor cancelled his appearance due to safety concerns for everyone attending.

The Virginia governor faced backlash since a photo emerged from his 1984 medical school yearbook showing a person wearing blackface and a second person wearing a KKK costume. He initially apologized for the photo but later said he didn't believe he was either person. Democrats and Republicans alike called for Northam to resign after the photo was released in February.

Marsden is running for re-election in 2019. All Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate seats are up for grabs in November. There is no gubernatorial election in 2019, and Northam cannot run for consecutive terms in 2021 under Virginia law.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 04/15/2019 10:38AM by Fox News.

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Re: Anticipated Northam Visit To Burke Draws Protesters
Posted by: Because you asked ()
Date: April 15, 2019 10:32AM

he got scared.......lol

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Re: Anticipated Northam Visit To Burke Draws Protesters
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 15, 2019 10:40AM

https://wtop.com/local-politics-elections-news/2019/04/the-outrage-stays-va-protesters-havent-forgotten-northam-racist-photo-scandal/

At a Sunday fundraiser for Democratic state Sen. Dave Marsden in Burke, Virginia, two separate groups gathered outside to protest against Gov. Ralph Northam.

The governor has been under fire after a racist photo from his medical school yearbook page surfaced showing two people, one person wearing black face and another person wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood.

Northam has admitted to making his face darker during a dance contest in the 1980s, but he denied being one of the people in the yearbook photo.

Protesters from both Republican and Democratic parties carried signs and lined both sides of the pathway to the Ponds Community Center.

Fairfax County NAACP President Kofi Annan said their group gathered to send a message.

“Not just to Ralph Northam but also to all the area Democrats, and hopefully all the Democrats across the state, that we have not forgotten; and we do not want to normalize Ralph Northam’s behavior. Inviting him to events like these actually does that,” Annan said.

Republican Party of Virginia spokesman John March said that Northam should’ve resigned when the scandal broke, “And he still should resign today.”

Community organizer Emily Patton said she doesn’t believe Northam is repentant.

“I don’t think he feels sorry for what he’s done,” she said.

She also wonders, “Who the heck is vetting any of these people, any of our officials, running for office?”

A man from the Suburban GOP Coalition who didn’t want to be identified said the outrage will remain and that “it’s awful” that Virginia Democratic leaders appear to have backed off from condemning the governor.

“You have instances where people hope time will pass before things get back to normal. They seem to forget the outrage very quickly. But it won’t go away. That’s the lesson to be learned. The outrage stays,” he said.

Northam did not attend the fundraiser. A spokesperson from his office said in a statement that “due to the concerns for the safety and security of everyone in attendance, the governor decided it best not to make the appearance at the fundraiser.”

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Re: Anticipated Northam Visit To Burke Draws Protesters
Posted by: Fox News ()
Date: April 15, 2019 10:42AM


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Re: Anticipated Northam Visit To Burke Draws Protesters
Posted by: local liberal ()
Date: April 15, 2019 11:57AM

This is simply racist and hateful.

He's our governor. What is wrong with you people?

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