Douglas Wilder criticizes Terry McAuliffe’s decision to run for governor

Douglas Wilder criticizes Terry McAuliffe’s decision to run for governor
Douglas Wilder and Terry McAuliffe (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder wrote a short piece on WilderVisions criticizing former Governor Terry McAuliffe’s decision to run again for the position.

Virginia law does not allow a governor to serve two consecutive terms, with only one former governor running again after being out of the office for a term.

“Now, with the law permitting unlimited campaign contributions from corporations, et. al., there is a seeming advantage to those who have assembled power and influence while in office to leap frog from one administration to a same or similar; thus accomplishing the very thing that our constitution sought to prevent. The disadvantages to minority and women candidates speaks volumes,” Wilder wrote.

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Posted by L. Douglas Wilder on Monday, January 4, 2021

McAuliffe announced his run for governor on Dec. 9 at Miles Jones Elementary School on Dec. 9 while releasing his education plan. Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney attended his announcement.

“No Democrat, in recent times, has won an election in Virginia without strong minority votes, as was the case when McAuliffe, who had never been elected to ANY office, was elected Governor. Why should he expect that vote to be there for him in 2021 having shown such little appreciation for it?” Wilder wrote.

He is running against three other candidates who are all African American, Jennifer McClellan, Jennifer Carroll Foy and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. Delegate Lee Carter has also announced his intention to run.

The first woman to become the Speaker of Virginia’s House of Delegates, Eileen Filler-Corn, has endorsed McAuliffe for the position.

Only New Jersey and Virginia are set to elect governors this year.

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