Democrat gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam is accused of erasing his black running mate, Justin Fairfax, off of campaign material distributed in Virginia:
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) October 18, 2017
See for yourself:
Wow, Northam really did this pic.twitter.com/cS7BvTqPfh
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) October 18, 2017
According to Richmond Times-Dispatch, this particular flyer was created at the request of the Laborers’ International Union of North America:
In the Fairfax-free flier, created for the Democratic friendly Laborers’ International Union of North America, all references to Fairfax — including his picture — are gone. Those fliers have been used in Northern Virginia.
The union requested a flier that did not include Fairfax, said Brian Petruska, general counsel with the LIUNA Mid-Atlantic Region Organizing Coalition, because Fairfax did not complete their questionnaire and “wasn’t supporting us on the issues,” he said.
But as Erick Erickson pointed out above, Fairfax opposes a pipeline the union is for:
Why would they delete Fairfax in Northern Virginia? Well, one of the more powerful unions in Virginia favors a pipeline that Justin Fairfax opposes. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been pushed by the unions passing out the palm cards for Northam’s campaign. So the only statewide black Democratic candidate has to be deleted from the palm cards.
Northam’s spox says the Fairfax-less flyer if “fairly innocuous”:
Northam spokesman tells me there's nothing malicious about Fairfax's absence and says the whole thing is "fairly innocuous." https://t.co/smOP6gx6tX
— Philip Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) October 18, 2017
But we do know how this would be spun if it were a Republican, right?
If this were done by a GOP campaign, it would be a national story https://t.co/MeEiByHLY5
— Evan Siegfried (@evansiegfried) October 18, 2017
The election is in 3 weeks and the latest poll has the race tied:
NEW POLL: VIRGINIA GOV 2017 (LV)
— MonmouthPoll (@MonmouthPoll) October 17, 2017
Although other polls show Northam in the lead:
Three #VAGov polls today
CNU: Northam 48%, Gillespie 44%
Roanoke: 50% – 44%
— Kevin Robillard (@PoliticoKevin) October 17, 2017