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The Virginia GOP and the local NAACP protested a fundraiser Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was supposed to attend this weekend until he opted not to show up. Despite the calls for his resignation after an inappropriate photo of him surfaced months ago, the protest at the event this weekend did not gain much national media attention.
In a statement to WTOP, Northam cited safety concerns for not attending the event. The embattled governor was planning to raise money for Democratic state Sen. Dave Marsden at an event in Burke, Virginia. (RELATED: Virginia Senate Minority Leader Doubles Down In Support Of Northam)
“If it was a Republican, then I could see hundreds of thousands of people there and you know, every outlet and you know, CNN, Fox, everybody would be down there with a, with a TV camera,” Virginia GOP Communications Director John March told The Daily Caller on Monday. “If he tries to do a fundraiser with any Democrat anywhere in the state, all the way down to Lee County, we’ll be there.”
March also compared the case of Northam to Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel. A week before the Northam photo resurfaced, Ertel resigned after a photo of him in blackface imitating a victim of Hurricane Katrina was published by the Tallahassee Democrat. He used the examples to claim that a Republican “wouldn’t survive” this type of scandal.
He claimed that Democrats were willing to stand by Northam once “they figured out that the next two in line were mired in scandal as well.”
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— Fairfax County NAACP (@FairfaxNAACP) April 11, 2019
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