Unlike so many others in Virginia’s political establishment who simply can’t find a way to support an African American candidate running statewide, Rep. Gerry Connolly endorsed attorney Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia this week.
Congressman Connolly joins State Senator Chap Petersen and State Senator Scott Surovell, along with many others, in support of Fairfax.
Justin Fairfax, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, was only 4,684 votes short of winning a race for Attorney General in 2013 when he challenged current Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. He also served as Sen. Mark Warner’s campaign co-chair and been omni-present at political events over the last five years. Yet so many in Virginia’s political establishment haven’t responded to his candidacy in a way that acknowledges the electoral strength he showed in 2013.
But Connolly, who has been no stranger to close political battles, hasn’t been one of those people.
“I am proud to endorse Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor in the 2017 primary and general elections. The stakes are high for Virginians in 2017. Virginia Republicans are already following the Trump playbook of divisive rhetoric and vicious partisan attacks. But Justin is focused on uniting us around what matters — protecting and creating good-paying jobs for all Virginians,” said Rep. Connolly in a March 28th statement.
“As Lieutenant Governor, I look forward to continuing to work with Congressman Connolly to resist the destructive policies and rhetoric of the Trump administration, expand access to the American Dream for all, and move Virginia forward,” Fairfax said in a statement in response.
Congressman Connolly and Justin Fairfax held a joint conference call to announce the endorsement and discuss Virginia’s role in the resisting President Trump.
The primary is on June 13.