It’s always an election year here in the Commonwealth of Virginia. While other parts of the country get a break from the politicking during odd-numbered years, we Virginians just keep on trudging past campaign signs and avoiding robocalls.
This year, we elect a new governor.
Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the RNC, is the Republican frontrunner. But the Democrats, who seem to be having an identity crisis in a post-Hillary world, are hoping to reenergize the base that helped them elect Barack Obama as president and inflicted Terry McAuliffe on the Old Dominion as governor for the past four years.
A formerly red state, Virginia has had a penchant in recent years for electing Democrats like McAuliffe to state-wide offices. Republicans currently hold both the state House and Senate, but Donald Trump lost the state by a good 5 percentage points. This year’s gubernatorial contest is likely to be both expensive and brutal.
Tom Perriello, a former U.S. congressman who was ousted from his seat in the Tea Party wave of 2010, is seeking the Democratic nomination. Perriello, surprisingly for a Democrat these days, has voted pro-life on occasion in the past, although he describes himself as pro-choice, and received an “A” rating from the NRA when he was in the House.
Also seeking to be the Democrat’s nominee is the current lieutenant governor, Ralph Northam. Northam is an odd fellow. He’s an Iraq war veteran who voted twice for George W. Bush, but supports restrictions on guns and advocates for same-sex marriage.
He’s also obnoxiously pro-abortion. So much so that, in an attempt to distinguish himself from his more life-friendly opponent, he’s been conducting a campaign tour of the state’s abortion clinics.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Northam recently delivered remarks at an abortion facility in Alexandria, telling the paper:
“My opponent has gone around sticking his finger up and seeing which way the political wind is blowing, switching, flip-flopping on women’s issues, flip-flopping on gun issues,” Mr. Northam said during an interview in the clinic’s lobby. “I have never flip-flopped on those things.”
Now, here’s the kicker. Ralph Northam is a pediatric neurologist. This bears repeating: Ralph Northam, crass panderer to the pro-abort crowd, took an oath to save lives and his life’s work is to heal to the youngest and weakest among us.
Northam must have missed the part of the Hippocratic Oath that says, “first, do no harm.” Instead, he supports inflicting the most grievous harm on the pre-born; those who are lucky enough to survive the dangers of the womb are the only ones worthy of being treated by Dr. Northam. (Perhaps he thought he was taking the Hypocritic Oath?)
Dr. Ralph Northam is far from being, as he claims, pro-woman. He supported Terry McAuliffe’s rolling back of health safety standards that had been implemented to improve the condition of the state’s abortion clinics. These standards were put in place to make sure abortion facilities adhered to the same health and safety codes as do hospitals. Only a doctor who places politics above people could support reducing health standards. A doctor like Ralph Northam.
This is all par for the course with Democrats these days, so it’s not surprising that Northam enjoys the support of the state’s party leaders; he’s also been endorsed by NARAL and Planned Parenthood fills his campaign coffers.
The Democratic primary takes place June 13th.