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Podesta Endorses Perriello

Northam won a northern Virginia straw poll.

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Zach C. Cohen
March 20, 2017, 11:24 a.m.

John Podesta, Hil­lary Clin­ton’s 2016 cam­paign chair, en­dorsed former Rep. Tom Per­ri­ello (D) over Lt. Gov. Ral­ph Northam (D) on Fri­day.

Podesta: Both are strong can­did­ates for Vir­gin­ia gov­ernor, but Per­ri­ello is the bet­ter choice for the party’s fu­ture dur­ing a Trump pres­id­ency.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

FIRE IN THE BELLY. Northam at a fun­draiser for Rep. Ger­ald Con­nolly (D) gave “fiery re­marks that some­times bordered on shout­ing. … Northam’s new­found ag­gres­sion may be pay­ing early di­vidends. He crushed Per­ri­ello in the event’s straw poll.”

Northam: “As people get to know me a little bit bet­ter, they see I’ve got a lot of fire in my belly and have been in tre­mend­ous fights all my life.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

CHANGE OF PACE. “With a raven­ous ap­pet­ite for rhet­or­ic­al bom­bast, Stew­art is cam­paign­ing as an un­apo­lo­get­ic dis­ciple of Pres­id­ent Trump, echo­ing the pres­id­ent’s pop­u­list diatribes against the Re­pub­lic­an es­tab­lish­ment, un­doc­u­mented im­mig­rants, polit­ic­al cor­rect­ness and the me­dia. Yet in purple Vir­gin­ia, the only South­ern state that Trump lost to … Hil­lary Clin­ton, Stew­art is strug­gling to cap­tiv­ate voters.”

Con­ser­vat­ive ra­dio host John Fre­d­er­icks: “He may own the Trump style, but he doesn’t own the Trump brand. The Trump people don’t like him.”

“Stew­art … has won elec­tion as chair­man four times in cam­paigns fueled by con­tri­bu­tions from de­velopers and oth­er es­tab­lish­ment types. He said that qual­i­fies him as ‘part of the Prince Wil­li­am es­tab­lish­ment but not the Vir­gin­ia es­tab­lish­ment.’”

“At vari­ous points in his polit­ic­al ca­reer in Prince Wil­li­am, Stew­art told re­port­ers he did not want to be known as the ‘im­mig­ra­tion man’ and said he hoped to build ties to Lati­nos and oth­er minor­it­ies. To win in North­ern Vir­gin­ia, Re­pub­lic­ans needed to be in­clus­ive and emu­late his minor­ity out­reach, he said two years ago.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

GET­TING READY FOR GAM­E­TIME. The DGA gave $10,250 to the state Demo­crat­ic Party on Feb. 23, ac­cord­ing to an FEC re­port filed last week. (Hot­line re­port­ing)

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