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Team Northam Slams Perriello on “Dismissing” Transvaginal Ultrasound Fight

A labor union will make “an announcement” with the Democrat today.

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Zach C. Cohen
April 20, 2017, 11:28 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Ral­ph Northam’s (D) cam­paign am­ped up its at­tacks on former Rep. Tom Per­ri­ello (D) on Thursday, host­ing a phone call with re­port­ers in which NARAL Pro-Choice Vir­gin­ia Ex­ec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or Tar­ina Keene said it “truly floored me” that Per­ri­ello “dis­missed” Northam’s op­pos­i­tion to trans­va­gin­al ul­tra­sounds. Per­ri­ello this month told a town hall in south­w­est Vir­gin­ia, “Why are you go­ing to throw a parade for that?” in re­sponse to a ques­tion about Northam’s role in re­pro­duct­ive rights.

Keene: “I am ap­palled at his lack of un­der­stand­ing of the im­port­ance that fight has had on re­pro­duct­ive health and rights ac­cess in Vir­gin­ia.”

State Sen. Bar­bara Fa­vola (D), cit­ing Per­ri­ello’s votes in Con­gress against tax­pay­er-fun­ded abor­tions: “I don’t be­lieve that Tom Per­ri­ello cares about this is­sue, is go­ing to ad­voc­ate for wo­men’s rights or abor­tion rights. … No mat­ter what he says now, it’s hard for me to be­lieve he is go­ing to take this is­sue as ser­i­ously as Dr. Northam will take it.”

Keene also praised Northam’s long­stand­ing ca­reer in state polit­ics.

Keene: “I’ve nev­er seen Tom Per­ri­ello in Rich­mond, and I wouldn’t have re­cog­nized him if he walked in the room un­til about three months ago.” (Hot­line re­port­ing)

COM­ING UP NEXT. Northam on Wed­nes­day “called for a new law to re­quire dark money groups, re­gard­less of their tax status, to dis­close their con­trib­ut­ors if they spend money to in­flu­ence Vir­gin­ia’s elec­tions.” (re­lease)

“Li­UNA (Laborers’ In­ter­na­tion­al Uni­on of North Amer­ica) will make an an­nounce­ment with” Lt. Gov. Ral­ph Northam (D) on Thursday at 3 p.m. (re­lease)

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