Terry McAuliffe Jumps Into Virginia Governor's Race

Written by on December 9, 2020

Democrat Terry McAuliffe introduced Wednesday that he’s formally leaping into the 2021 Virginia governor’s race, making a bid for his outdated job. 

McAuliffe was governor from 2014 to 2018, and Virginia bars governors from serving consecutive phrases. He’s recognized for his fundraising skills, was chair of the Democratic Nationwide Committee from 2001 to 2005 and has an extended and deep relationship with the Clintons.

McAuliffe’s entrance into the race has lengthy been anticipated, and his identify recognition and in style tenure make him the clear front-runner. 

However McAuliffe has already confronted some backlash for leaping into the race, doubtlessly blocking the trail for a Black girl to grow to be governor. All three of the opposite Democratic candidates are Black. 

State Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy and state Sen. Jennifer McClellan are each operating within the Democratic major and would make historical past because the state’s first feminine governor and the nation’s first Black feminine governor. 

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax can be within the race. As soon as thought-about a front-runner for a possible gubernatorial bid, he has since handled the fallout from sexual assault allegations.

Virginia has seen a outstanding shift in recent times, with the previous seat of the Confederacy turning bluer and extra various since McAuliffe’s time in workplace. Final yr, Democrats received management of each homes of the state legislature for the primary time in additional than 20 years.

On Wednesday, McAuliffe held his launch occasion exterior an elementary college named after Richmond’s first Black college board chair. He was joined by his marketing campaign co-chairs, who’re all distinguished Black leaders in Virginia: Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, state Home Majority Chief Charniele L. Herring (D) and Louise Lucas, the primary Black girl to function president professional tempore of the state Senate. 

Lucas, who has been a steadfast McAuliffe backer, expressed frustration with individuals who criticized him for standing in the way in which of probably electing the nation’s first Black feminine governor. 

“On the applicable time, I might say both of them might need a chance,” she mentioned of McClellan and Carroll Foy in an interview with Politico. “However for proper now what we want is Terry McAuliffe, anyone who we all know has historical past with the Black neighborhood. He all the time asks what the Black neighborhood’s wants are. We’ve obtained anyone who we all know can ship.”

In an electronic mail to supporters Wednesday, Carroll Foy ― who resigned from the state Home to deal with her gubernatorial run ― mentioned McAuliffe was “emblematic of the established order that has merely left too many individuals behind.”

McClellan was much less blunt in her criticism of McAuliffe in an announcement to reporters, however mentioned Virginia requires “a brand new strategy and a contemporary imaginative and prescient to rebuild an economic system that advantages all Virginians whereas addressing healthcare, training, local weather and inequity crises.”

McAuliffe targeted on his remarks Wednesday on the coronavirus pandemic, vowing to assist tackle training disparities and making an attempt to pitch himself as somebody not of the previous. 

“The outdated Richmond strategy simply doesn’t work anymore,” he mentioned. “Of us, it’s time for a brand new Virginia means. I do know that outdated mind-set as a result of I fought in opposition to it always as governor, time and time once more.”

On the Republican facet, state Sen. Amanda Chase ― who’s a robust supporter of President Donald Trump ― just lately introduced she would run as an unbiased moderately than search the GOP nomination at a state conference. Former state Home Speaker Kirk Cox can be within the race. 

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