Former president Barack Obama is making his first campaign foray of 2017, agreeing to stump for Democrat Ralph Northam in his bid to be Virginia’s next governor.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Obama has returned and is planning on being very vocal as he starts the process of rallying the troops to resist the Trump administration. The Democrats have lost race after race since Trump era took over, and are desperate for a win. Any win, anywhere. Obama is set up in his new DC mansion mere blocks from Trump, and has pockets overflowing with money from George Soros. Let the games begin.
David Turner, a spokesman for Northam, said the former president agreed this week to hit the campaign trail for Northam, but said he wouldn’t “go into any further detail about the private conversations that Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam had with President Barack Obama.”
An aide to Obama confirmed that the former president agreed to campaign for Northam during a congratulatory call, although no events have been planned. The HuffPost first reported Obama’s plans to campaign for Northam.
The Virginia governor’s race, one of just two gubernatorial contests this year, is shaping up as the next high-profile electoral contest in the era of President Trump. It follows a couple of Democratic losses in high-profile special elections to fill congressional vacancies, including the House race in Georgia earlier this week that became the most expensive in U.S. history.
Obama has no intention of ‘going quietly’ as he comes back to resist Trump:
Obama, who carried Virginia in 2008 and 2012, could help Northam improve his support among younger voters and solidify his strong backing from African American voters. Northam’s strongholds in the Democratic primary were in the “Urban Crescent,” the heavily populated areas of northern Virginia, Richmond and Hampton Roads.
Northam faces Ed Gillespie, a longtime Republican operative and party leader, in November. Gillespie spokesman David Abrams dismissed the potential appeal of the former president.
“How many Democratic surrogates is it going to take to try to drag the lieutenant governor across the finish line?,” he said. “Virginians deserve to hear from candidates directly, in their own voices, about their own ideas and proposals.”
The swamp fights back:
Eric Holder, of ‘Fast and Furious‘ fame in the Mexican gun running episode that resulted in the death of an American border patrol agent, has been chosen to head up the ominous sounding “Democrat redistricting” effort.
Obama stayed out of the hard-fought Democratic primary between Northam and former congressman Tom Perriello. Northam, who beat Perriello in last Tuesday’s election, called former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. with an appeal to prevent Obama from endorsing in the race, according to a Democrat familiar with the call.
But Perriello, who lost his seat in Congress over his vote for Obamacare and then went on to work for the Obama administration, invoked the former president anyway, airing footage of him with Obama in campaign ads.
Since leaving office, Obama has stayed in the political fray, condemning Trump’s travel ban and decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords, as well as Republican attempts to gut his signature health-care law.
This is the mess that Obama has been brought back to fix:
But he did not campaign for Democrats in congressional elections this year, though he did cut a video endorsing Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election.
Obama has said redistricting will be his primary cause. He has said he wants to help rebuild Democratic strength by preventing Republicans from drawing legislative maps that are favorable to them and will define the political landscape for the next decade. The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, chaired by Holder, has made Virginia’s gubernatorial and House of Delegate races its first campaign targets. At a Democratic fundraiser in Richmond last weekend, Holder said Virginia is at the “epicenter of the political universe in 2017” and promised that his group will bring Democratic all-stars to the campaign trail. source
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