Northam, the outgoing governor since January, said he is backing McAuliffe, a former state senator and member of the Democratic National Committee.
“Terry’s life experience and political experience make her the best candidate to continue my work in a difficult time for our state,” Northam said in a statement. “I am proud to endorse Terry McAuliffe for governor.”
Northam also endorsed his 2019 successor, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who faces a separate sexual assault allegation that could derail his campaign. Fairfax has denied that allegation. Both men are Democrats running for statewide office this year.
McAuliffe said she was “honored” by Northam’s support and said she was excited about the opportunity to represent Virginia in Richmond during a period when “we need strong leadership more than ever.”
At Honolulu Harbor w/Hawai’i Dept. of Transportation Director Jade Butay, Deputy Director/Harbors Derek Chow and the team checking on $500 million Kapalama Container Terminal project and federal funding opportunities to further upgrade our main harbor for next-generation demands. https://t.co/68Ov12zb0H
.@GOPLeader is right. I just returned from the border with @SteveScalise where CBP officials I spoke to said giving taxpayer dollars to N Triangle countries so people won’t come won’t work because governments will just keep the money. This isn’t how we end the #BidenBorderCrisis. https://t.co/tmTUMn8OSb