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Local Democrats Speak Out on Northam Scandal

6 February 2019 Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News

Democrats across the Shenandoah Valley have been reacting to the racial scandal facing Governor Ralph Northam.

10th District Delegate Wendy Gooditis, whose district covers portions of Loudoun, Clarke, and Frederick counties, was among the first to react to a photo in Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook that pictures a man in blackface and another in a KKK uniform.  Friday (2/1/2019) evening she stated that she was “extremely disappointed in Governor Ralph Northam’s deeply hurtful and inappropriate choices,” and called for Northam’s resignation.

Local Democratic organizations, however, made more cautious statements regarding the photo. Yesterday (2/5/2019) morning, the Winchester-Frederick Democratic Committee did not join other Democrats in calling for Northam’s resignation, but instead asked “that the Governor vigorously condemn all racist attitudes and actions so that… we can again focus on promoting democratic values and electing Democratic candidates.” While the Warren County Democrats did call for the Governor to leave office, it was in softer tones than Delegate Gooditis. In a statement yesterday evening, the organization said that “It is unfortunate for a public figure to be tried in the court of public opinion. But in this case his credibility is badly compromised. He must resign.”

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