Chase attacks McClellan over leadership in Black caucus

Chase attacks McClellan over leadership in Black caucus
In this Feb. 2, 2021, photo, Virginia Sen. Amanda Chase and Republican gubernatorial candidate, speaks from her desk at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, Va. The national Republican Party is at war with itself, struggling to reconcile a bitter divide between former President Donald Trump’s fierce loyalists and those who want Trumpism purged from their party. Chase is a polarizing state senator who seems to have won the hearts and minds of the Trump faithful with her fiercely anti-establishment, pro-gun positions and her embrace of the false notion that Trump is the legitimate winner of the November election. (AP Photo/Ryan M. Kelly) (Source: Ryan M. Kelly)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Amanda Chase, the self-described “Trump in heels” running for Virginia governor, said recently that a fellow state senator seeking the Democratic nomination in the race would not “be a governor that supports everyone” because she heads the Black caucus.

The remarks about state Sen. Jennifer McClellan came during a campaign event Chase said took place Monday night.

A video clip was circulated online by a Democratic super PAC, American Bridge 21st Century.

In a statement, McClellan called the remarks bigoted and racist and said they have no place in Virginia politics.

Chase said she stood by them.

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