Northam Doesn’t Condemn Controversial Flyer That Omitted Black Running Mate

By NTK Staff | 10.19.2017 @11:34am

LIUNA released a flyer that excluded Justin Fairfax who is the Democrats' African American candidate for lieutenant governor, on Wednesday.

Ralph Northam, Virginia’s Democratic nominee for governor, would not condemn a union flyer that intentionally omitted Justin Fairfax, who is the Democrats’ African American candidate for lieutenant governor, during an interview with MSNBC on Thursday.

Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), distributed palm cards with photos of Northam and Attorney General Mark R. Herring, but didn’t include Fairfax.

The Washington Post reported that LIUNA did not include Fairfax “because it did not endorse him.”

MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson asked Northam to address the controversial flyer during an interview on Thursday.

“Well, we have a great ticket in Justin Fairfax, Mark Herring, and myself, and we’re running a coordinated campaign,” Northam responded.

Jackson interjected, “then why wasn’t Justin Fairfax on that flyer?”

“That was an endorsement from one of the unions, and that’s between the union and him,” Northam told Jackson. “I would just say we’re unified. We’re focused on November the 7th. We’re excited about Barack Obama coming tonight, and we’re going to win, the three of us, on November the 7th.”

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