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Ralph Northam’s Move To The Far-Left Is Complete

- September 15, 2017

Desperate To Appeal To Progressives Who Endorsed His Primary Opponent, Ralph Northam Is Now The Candidate Of The Radical Left 

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • In the Virginia Gubernatorial election, prominent progressive Democrats endorsed Ralph Northam's opponent during the primary, a dynamic which has forced Northam to stake out far-left policy positions.
  • Top Democratic donors and liberal groups have lined up to pour millions of dollars into Northam's campaign and spend millions on his behalf.
  • Despite Northam's promises to release a tax plan, no semblance of any plan has been released, and then Northam was caught trying to cover-up the fact he ever made that promise in the first place.
  • Northam has refused to take a position on important issues such as his support on pipelines that will run through Virginia, and tried to deflect Virginia's decision-making responsibilities onto the federal government.
  • Northam currently supports health care as a "right for every American," a complete flip-flop from his views in 2011 when he called health care a "privilege" that people "need to work for."
  • Northam supports state-wide $15 hourly minimum wage, which the Richmond Times-Dispatch has called "terrible policy" for its impact on small businesses.

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THE PRESENCE OF TOM PERRIELLO IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY DRAGGED NORTHAM TO THE LEFT

Prominent Democrats Such As Senators Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren Endorsed Ralph Northam's Primary Opponent, Tom Perriello

NBC News Headline: "Virginia Democrats Run To The Left In Key 2017 Race" (Mark Murray, "Virginia Democrats Run To The Left In Key 2017 Race," NBC News , 3/19/17)

In His Last Campaign In 2013, Virginia Lt. Governor Ralph Northam Said "I Don't Consider Myself A Liberal," While Calling Himself "Very Conservative Fiscally." "Mr. Northam, who in his last campaign in 2013 called himself 'very conservative fiscally,' criticized illegal immigrants and said 'I don't consider myself as a liberal.'" (Seth McLaughlin, "Conservative Pasts Haunting Virginia Hopefuls," The Washington Times , 5/15/17)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Endorsed Northam's Democratic Primary Opponent Tom Perriello In The Virginia Governor's Race. "Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has emerged as a leader of the Democratic Party's progressive wing after his unsuccessful presidential campaign, has endorsed former congressman Tom Perriello in the Virginia governor's race. Perriello is competing for the Democratic nomination in the June 13 primary against Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam." (Fenit Nirappil, "Sen. Bernie Sanders Endorses Tom Perriello In Virginia Governor's Race," The Washington Post , 4/4/17)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Endorsed Perriello Over Northam In The Primary. "Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma), a leader of the Democratic party's progressive wing, endorsed Tom Perriello in the Democratic primary race for Virginia governor on Monday." ("Sen. Elizabeth Warren Endorses Perriello In Democratic Primary For Va. Gov," The Washington Post , 4/24/17)

Twenty-Nine Former Staffers Of President Obama Endorsed Tom Perriello. "Seeking to drape himself in the mantle of Barack Obama in his Virginia gubernatorial race, former Rep. Tom Perriello on Wednesday began circulating a letter showing support from more than two dozen members of the former president's staff, according to a copy obtained by POLITICO. Among the 29 signers: Obama's 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe; former White House deputy chief of staff Nancy-Ann DeParle; former White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer; former White House Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri; former White House deputy senior adviser, Stephanie Cutter; former White House social secretary Julianna Smoot; former White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz; and former White House director of political affairs, Patrick Gaspard, fresh off a stint as the U.S. ambassador to South Africa." (Gabriel Denbenedetti and Kevin Robillard, "Obama Team Lines Up Behind Perriello," Politico , 3/22/17)

University Of Virginia Political Scientist Larry Sabato Stated That There Is "No Question Perriello Is Dragging Northam To The Left." "'No question Perriello is dragging Northam to the left,' Sabato said. "Actually, Northam has moved left during the McAuliffe administration, even before Perriello announced. But now Northam has to stress all of his liberal positions - some of which, on gun control and abortion, may be more to the left than Perriello's record." (Mark Murray, "Virginia Democrats Run To The Left In Key 2017 Race," NBC News , 3/19/17)

The Primary Was "A Contest To See Which Candidate Is More Progressive." "Say hello to the 2017 Democratic gubernatorial primary in Virginia, which increasingly has become a contest to see which candidate is more progressive." (Mark Murray, "Virginia Democrats Run To The Left In Key 2017 Race," NBC News , 3/19/17)

Northam Has Flip-Flopped His Position On Health Care

In 2011, Then A State Senator, Ralph Northam Declared That He Believed That Health Care Was A "Privilege" Not A Right, And That People "Need To Work For Their Health Insurance." STATE SENATOR RALPH NORTHAM (D-VA): "I believe it's a privilege. And let me clarify that. If people can get up in the morning and go to work like I can, then it needs to be a privilege. They need to work for their health insurance, for their benefits." (State Senator Ralph Northam, Remarks At The 6th District State Forum Debate , Norfolk Virginia, 10/26/11)

In 2017, A Spokesperson For Northam's Campaign Stated Northam Believes "Every American And Virginian Has A Right To Affordable Health Care, And He Believes It Is The Responsibility Of Government To Make Sure They Do." "'Ralph Northam spent his life seeing patients as an Army doctor and a pediatrician, and he knows firsthand how important [it is] for people to be able to get the health care they need, when they need it,' said Northam spokesman David Turner. 'He firmly believes that every American and Virginian has a right to affordable health care, and he believes it is the responsibility of government to make sure they do.'" (Fenit Nirappil, "Obamacare Cost Him A Seat In Congress. Can it Make Him Governor Of Virginia?," The Washington Post , 5/8/17)

THE MONEY BEHIND NORTHAM

Liberal Groups Have Lined Up To Pour Millions Into Northam's Campaign

A "Slew Of Liberal Groups" Such As Planned Parenthood, Priorities USA, Nextgen America, Progress Virginia And The Virginia League Of Conservation Voters PAC Are Planning A Multimillion Dollar Digital Ad Buy For Ralph Northam's Campaign.. "A slew of liberal groups are teaming up for a $2 million digital ad buy aiming to drive Virginia voters to the polls in November and back Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam for governor. Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC, the Tom Steyer-backed Next Gen America, Priorities USA, Progress Virginia and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters PAC are all contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to the effort." (Kevin Robillard, "Liberal Groups Pour $2M Into Virginia Governor Digital Ads," Politico , 9/14/17)

Billionaire Tom Steyer And His Organization Are Preparing To Spend At Least $2 Million Dollars On Behalf Of Northam. "Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer's organization plans to spend at least $2 million to elect Democrat Ralph Northam as Virginia's next governor." (Fenit Nirappil, "Democratic Megadonor Tom Steyer To Spend $2 Million In Virginia Governor's Race," The Washington Post , 8/22/17)

  • That Commitment Is Expected To Cover 70 Paid Staffers Spread Out Over 25 Virginia College Campuses Who Will Register And Try To Turn Out Millennial Voters. "NextGen America's $2 million commitment is expected to cover 70 paid staffers on 25 Virginia college campuses, who will register and try to turn out millennial voters in November. It will also pay for a digital campaign to reach millennials who aren't in college." (Fenit Nirappil, "Democratic Megadonor Tom Steyer To Spend $2 Million In Virginia Governor's Race," The Washington Post , 8/22/17)

A Political Action Committee Formed By NextGen America Is Planning To Spend At Least $1.2 Million To "Mobilize Progressive Voters In Virginia." "Separately, a political action committee formed by NextGen and labor unions plans to spend at least $1.2 million to mobilize progressive voters in Virginia who are less likely to vote in midterm races." (Fenit Nirappil, "Democratic Megadonor Tom Steyer To Spend $2 Million In Virginia Governor's Race," The Washington Post , 8/22/17)

Everytown For Gun Safety, The Political Arm Of One Of The Nation's Largest Gun Control Groups, Announced It Will Donate $450,000 To Northam's Campaign, And Spend $250,000 On Mailers On His Behalf. "Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, the campaign arm of one of the nation's biggest gun control groups, announced Thursday that it would spend at least $1 million in Virginia as part of an 'initial investment' to elect Democrats in November. The fund is donating $450,000 directly to gubernatorial contender Ralph Northam, and spending $250,000 on mailers on his behalf." (Fenit Nirappil, "Everytown, Gun Control Group, Turns On Spigot In Virginia Elections With $1 Million," The Washington Post , 9/14/17)

  • Northam Has Stated That "There Is No Reason" Assault Weapons Should Be In Society. "'I knew all too well what assault weapons can do to human beings,' he said. 'There is no excuse, there is no reason that we have assault weapons on our streets, in our societies.'" (Michael Lavers, "Northam, Hurst Headline Gun Control PAC Reception," The Washington Blade , 6/13/17)

ALL NORTHAM CONTINUES TO OFFER VIRGINIANS IS EMPTY POLITICAL RHETORIC AND INDECISVENESS

Despite His Promise To Release A Tax Plan, Northam Has Failed To Deliver Any Semblance Of A Plan, And Was Caught Trying To Cover-Up The Fact He Ever Made A Promise In The First Place

Ralph Northam Released An Ad Asking Viewers To Visit His Website And Compare His Tax Plan With His Republican Opponent, Ed Gillespie's Tax Plan." "Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam released an ad calling on viewers to go online to compare his plan for economic growth, including bipartisan tax reform with Republican rival Ed Gillespie's plan." (Fenit Nirappil and Laura Vozzella, "Virginia Republicans To Democrat Ralph Northam: Where's Your Tax Plan?," The Washington Post , 9/8/17)

Despite A Promise On Northam's Website To Release A Set Of "Guiding Principles" On Tax Reform, The Campaign Has Not Yet Released Any Detailed Tax Reform Plans. "There is no detailed tax plan on Northam's campaign website, aside from his call to lower grocery taxes for poor people and to create a bipartisan tax panel. What's more, Northam's campaign said in April it would release a set of 'guiding principles' on tax reform within a week." (Fenit Nirappil and Laura Vozzella, "Virginia Republicans To Democrat Ralph Northam: Where's Your Tax Plan?," The Washington Post , 9/8/17)

  • Northam's Campaign Website Has Since Deleted The Page Referencing His Promise To Release Those Tax Reform Guiding Principles. "His campaign website deleted the reference to releasing guiding principles for tax reform." (Fenit Nirappil and Laura Vozzella, "Virginia Republicans To Democrat Ralph Northam: Where's Your Tax Plan?," The Washington Post , 9/8/17)

Northam Has Taken A Weak Stand On A Key Issue Of Public Importance To Virginians-One In Which A Major Donor Conveniently Has A Stake

Ralph Northam Has "Repeatedly Declined" To Take A Position On The Multibillion Dollar Atlantic Coast And Mountain Valley Pipeline Projects That Would Bring Fracked Gas Through Virginia. "The sponsor of one pipeline, Dominion Energy, is a major political donor whose largesse has come under fire this election season. Northam, who has received campaign cash from Dominion and owns stock in the company, repeatedly declined to stake out a position Thursday on the multibillion dollar Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines, which would bring fracked gas from West Virginia through Virginia." (Gregory S. Schneider, "Virginia Pipeline Project Sparks A Flare-Up At Democratic Debate For Va Gov," The Washington Post , 5/4/17)

The Sponsor Of One Of Those Major Pipeline Projects, Dominion Energy, Is A "Major Political Donor" Of Northam Who " Has Received Campaign Cash From Dominion And Owns Stock In The Company." "The sponsor of one pipeline, Dominion Energy, is a major political donor whose largesse has come under fire this election season. Northam, who has received campaign cash from Dominion and owns stock in the company." (Gregory S. Schneider, "Virginia Pipeline Project Sparks A Flare-Up At Democratic Debate For Va Gov," The Washington Post , 5/4/17)

During A July Gubernatorial Debate, On The Topic Of The Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Northam Said That The Federal Government Will "Ultimately Make That Decision" To Build Or Not Build That Pipeline Through Virginia. "Referring to the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) during a gubernatorial debate on July 22, Northam said, 'At the end of the day, this is a federal project. It comes from West Virginia, goes through Virginia, into North Carolina so we can do everything that we can in Virginia to make it safe and transparent, but at the end of the day, FERC will make that final decision-the energy review commission-and so I support all of that process.'" (Staff, "Verbatim Fact Check: Ralph Northam On Virginia," Ballotpedia , 8/29/17)

Under The Clean Air Act, State Agencies Are Ultimately Responsible For The Decision To Issue Permits. "State agencies are also responsible for issuing permits under the Clean Air Act. Under the Act, states may enact and enforce stricter air quality standards than federal standards with which pipeline projects must comply. If a project falls under the scope of the CZMA, developers must obtain a statement from the relevant state agency that the project will comply with the requirements of the state's federally approved coastal management plan." (Staff, "Verbatim Fact Check: Ralph Northam On Virginia," Ballotpedia , 8/29/17)

When Asked If The Federal Government Would Ever Override A State Permit Denial, FERC Spokesman Tamara Young-Allen Responded: "No, The Commission's Orders That Authorize Projects Are Conditioned Upon An Applicant Obtaining Federal Permits." "Verbatim asked FERC spokesperson Tamara Young-Allen if there is a situation in which FERC could override a permit denial from a state agency or approve a project without the developer having obtained a required permit from a state regulatory agency. She responded, 'No. The Commission's orders that authorize projects are conditioned upon an applicant obtaining federal permits (Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, etc.) before construction may begin.'" (Staff, "Verbatim Fact Check: Ralph Northam On Virginia," Ballotpedia , 8/29/17)

NORTHAM HAS PUT HIS SUPPORT BEHIND "TERRIBLE" AND OUT OF TOUCH PROGRESSIVE POLICIES THAT VIRGINIA CANNOT AFFORD

Northam Supports A State-Wide $15 Hourly Minimum Wage

Ralph Northam Campaigned For And Supported A State-Wide $15 Minimum Wage For Hourly Workers. "In separate appearances, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former congressman Tom Perriello told workers they will urge the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority to require contractors to increase wages for baggage handlers, skycaps and other hourly workers. But they are also calling for a statewide $15 minimum wage, a sign of how much strength the national 'Fight for $15' has gained." (Fenit Nirappil, "Virginia Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Pitch $15 Minimum Wage," The Washington Post , 3/9/17)

Ralph Northam Appeared With Airport Workers Who Were Campaigning For A $15-Per-Hour Minimum Wage. "The liberal showdown in Virginia's gubernatorial race played out earlier this month in Northern Virginia, where Democrat Ralph Northam met with workers at Ronald Reagan National Airport who were campaigning for a $15-per-hour minimum wage." (Mark Murray, "Virginia Democrats Run To The Left In Key 2017 Race," NBC News , 3/19/17)

An Editorial In The Richmond Times-Dispatch Called $15 Hourly Minimum Wage "Terrible Policy," And Noted That While Businesses In Some Localities In Virginia "Might Be Able To" Support This Minimum Wage Increase, Others Would Not. "This is fine politics and terrible policy. They could do more good by supporting a simpler, more efficient reform. But that would not serve their ambitions nearly so well. The state's current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, so jacking it up to $15 would more than double the cost of low-end labor. What's more, it ignores regional variations. The average weekly wage in Arlington is $1,734. In Amelia, it's $642. A nail salon in Arlington might be able to swallow a $15 wage. Not so the salon in Amelia." (Editorial, "On The Minimum Wage, Democrats Northam And Perriello Go Off The Deep End," The Richmond-Times Dispatch , 3/14/17)


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