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Perriello Apologizes for Trump, 9/11 Comparison

He and Northam are competing for the progressive wing of the party.

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Zach C. Cohen
Feb. 16, 2017, 10:01 a.m.

Former Rep. Tom Per­ri­ello (D) “apo­lo­gized Wed­nes­day for call­ing Pres­id­ent Trump’s elec­tion ‘a little bit like a polit­ic­al and con­sti­tu­tion­al Septem­ber 11,’ shortly after ex­cerp­ted video of the Demo­crat’s com­ment at an Af­ton, Vir­gin­ia, event sur­faced on con­ser­vat­ive me­dia.” (Na­tion­al Journ­al)

The RGA, the state GOP, former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie (R), and dis­til­lery own­er Den­ver Riggle­man (R) all con­demned Per­ri­ello’s com­ment.

BIG PIC­TURE. “The Vir­gin­ia Demo­crat­ic gubernat­ori­al primary is tak­ing an un­usu­ally sharp turn to the left in a South­ern state known for cent­rist Demo­crats. Lt. Gov. Ral­ph Northam and … Per­ri­ello … are shor­ing up their pro­gress­ive cre­den­tials with sup­port for lib­er­al causes and de­nounce­ments of Pres­id­ent Trump.

“It’s a re­flec­tion of a chan­ging polit­ic­al land­scape in a state where Demo­crats are in­creas­ingly com­fort­able run­ning as pro­gress­ives. Al­though the state le­gis­lature is con­trolled by Re­pub­lic­ans, all five statewide of­fices are held by Demo­crats. The state voted blue in the past three pres­id­en­tial con­tests, in­clud­ing in Novem­ber when Vir­gin­ia was the only South­ern state that Hil­lary Clin­ton won.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

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