Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is embattled. Chatter suggested he wore blackface as a medical student at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Northam implied the picture in the school yearbook was potentially his. Then he denied it … and admitted that he wore blackface, but for another occasion. The public assumed the incident would finish Northam. He had to step down immediately, right?
Meanwhile, Northam’s team is marshaling forces to humanize him:
Backed by Northam’s assertion that he is neither person in the photo, strategic communications and PR firm IR+Media to help him try to recover. The team, led by top strategist Jarvis C. Stewart, a veteran of Capitol Hill, will try to determine how the photo got into the yearbook — an obscure artifact of national political importance that Northam says he didn’t buy at the time and claims he had never seen …
Northam doesn’t plan to hold any more press conferences any time soon. Advisers are in the midst of negotiations with major networks for a nationally televised interview they hope will humanize him.
Additionally, his advisers have assigned the governor homework: He’s begun to read Alex Haley’s “Roots”, and “The Case for Reparations,” the seminal essay in The Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Trump And The Global Economy (“Trump And The GE”) is the perfect platform for Governor Ralph Northam to have his first public interview. Trump And The GE is quarterly speaker series that gathers politicians, activists, pollsters, economists and entrepreneurs to parse through President Trump’s policies and explain how the impact the economy and community. The next event, Trump And The GE Does NY Fashion Week, takes place Monday February 11th at 2PM in New York City.
Governor Northam can deliver is message in the world’s biggest media market in the middle of New York Fashion Week. All the politicos, fashionistas and taste makers will be present. He can also inform the country about Virginia’s progressive policies and how he and the democratic party are moving the state forward. Northam could share the stage with Missouri Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal who stood tall for her constituents in Ferguson amid the chaos surrounding the murder of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson.
Ralph Baker, who founded Trump And The GE, will also be on the panel. Baker is the author of Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead. Shock Exchange is arguably the greatest book on Virginia history and a must read for Northam and every high school student in the state of Virginia. If Northam doesn’t show then he obviously is not serious about making amends with the black community and or serious about his political career.
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