GOP Candidate Says Black Democratic Opponent Is 'Not For All Virginians'
Republican Senator Amanda Chase has deleted her post and asked if Senator Jennifer McClellan (D) is for "All Virginians". (Photo by Bill O'Leary / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Republican governor candidate Amanda Chase asked on Thursday whether one of her democratic opponents was for "ALL Virginians" immediately after finding that Senator Jennifer McClellan was the vice-chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.
"If you thought Ralph Northam was bad, wait until you see the McClellan agenda," wrote the GOP senator on Facebook. "She is the vice chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. One thing you can be sure of - it is NOT for ALL Virginians. "
Chase also said she was "sick and tired of ALL identity politics" and complained that the governor's race "had evolved to be EVERYTHING about who the best woman for the governor will be".
Chase has deleted her post, but the Blue Virginia page has taken a screenshot.
The post rose on the same day that McClellan entered the governor's race in 2021. So far, their competition for the democratic nomination has been state del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, who is also black. More candidates are expected to join, with the biggest question as to whether former governor Terry McAuliffe - still popular - will run.
Chase is the only declared Republican candidate. She is a strong supporter of President Donald Trump and has "condemned the liberal, socialist agenda that has taken control of the Capitol." She also said that people who are "naive and unprepared" are raped and that the urge to dismantle Confederate monuments "destroys the WHITE STORY".
Though Chase deleted her post, she repeated the feelings in a statement to the Richmond Times dispatch.
"As vice president of the Virginia Black Legislative Caucus, Jennifer McClellan is committed to destroying our historic monuments and promoting violence in our beloved city," said Chase. "You and our cowardly Mayor [Levar] Stoney and the backbone governor are appeasing for a movement of division and hatred instead of unity and peace."
Virginia State Senator Jennifer McClellan (D) announced her governor's run on June 19. (Photo by Bill O'Leary / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
In a tweet on Friday, McClellan responded to Chase's statements without naming the senator.
"What connects Virginia is stronger than what separates us," she wrote. "As a senator and member of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, I have worked to bring progress to all Virginians. As governor, I will ensure that everyone is heard if we build a better future."
McClellan was an advocate for the destruction of Confederate monuments and has recently expressed support for Governor Ralph Northam's (D) decision to dismantle a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond.
"You have to have an honest conversation about what these monuments symbolize, but they also trigger 400 years of trauma for black communities," she said in an interview with HuffPost, adding: "The places where they are needed Decide whether they want to take them out, they should be able to knock them down, or we at the Commonwealth level should. "
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