“The longer-term impacts of this pandemic, however, will be around long after I leave office, and it’s critical that our next governor has the plans and experience to continue the fight to rebuild Virginia into a stronger, more equitable future,” Northam stated in a press release explaining his endorsement. “When Terry puts his mind to something, he’ll move heaven and earth to make it happen. I’ve worked side-by-side with him for years, and simply put, he always gets the job done.”
By selecting to again McAuliffe, Northam is snubbing his personal lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, who can also be operating for the highest job, in addition to former Virginia state Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, state Del. Lee Carter and state Sen. Jennifer McClellan.
“COVID-19 has brought unprecedented health and economic challenges to Virginia, but we have been incredibly fortunate to have Governor Northam — a doctor — leading our recovery and setting us on the path to a stronger future,” he added.
McAuliffe was among the many overwhelming majority of Virginia Democrats who known as on Northam to resign in 2019 as a result of blackface scandal.
The governor and McAuliffe will marketing campaign collectively in Norfolk, Virginia and Alexandria, Virginia on Thursday.