February 6, 2019

JUST SWITCH TO THE PARTY OF DONALD...:

'This isn't me': Gov. Northam's defiance caught advisers off guard (Gregory S. Schneider and Laura Vozzella February 5, 2019, Washington Post)

Never a natural politician, Northam, a pediatric neurologist, built his public career on the idea that he was honest. That identity was forged in college, where he enforced the ethics code as president of the Honor Court at Virginia Military Institute.

Northam laid the groundwork for his rise to governor by stumping for Democrats in every corner of the state. Instead of charisma, he had authenticity -- the warbly accent of an Eastern Shore waterman -- and that built a web of loyalty that paid off with his nine-point victory over Republican Ed Gillespie in 2017.

But his assumption that allies would give him the benefit of the doubt contributed to Northam's poor handling of the crisis over the photo, according to people close to the governor. And his shock at being so quickly discarded by the party has made it harder for Northam to accept the calls to resign, the people said.

Over the past several days, he has even toyed with the idea of leaving the Democratic Party and governing as an independent -- a sign of the degree that he is isolated from every political ally, from his state party and from the national party.


...after all, Virginia Republicans nominated Corey Stewart for the Senate and Ed Gillespie ran an openly racist campaign for governor.

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