Perriello Outflanks Northam to the Left on Pipeline
— What far-left policy position will Northam adopt next to strike back? —
It was bound to happen sooner or later. Tom Perriello finally made a left turn that Ralph Northam can’t match.
Just days after bringing former Bernie Sanders staffers onto his team, Perriello came out in opposition to two major Virginia energy security projects supported by Governor Terry McAuliffe — the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Perriello’s announcement puts Northam in an untenable situation. Either he repudiates Governor McAuliffe’s strong support for the pipelines and turns off much needed money and support from Virginia’s business community, or he stands up for the pipeline projects and alienates the ever-leftward leaning base of the Democrat party in Virginia.
RPV Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:
“If flop sweat were votes, I have no doubt that Ralph Northam would have locked up the Democrat nomination for Governor today. Tom Perriello’s announcement is the worst possible news for Northam — it drives a definitive wedge between Northam and Governor McAuliffe.”
“Does Ralph Northam stand for jobs, or does he stand for the Bernie Sanders far-left, radical environmentalist wing of the party? His response today was a case study in how to use a lot of words without saying anything. Northam said he supports science and property rights. That’s great. How about the pipelines?”
“There’s only one way out for Ralph Northam — find his own wedge issue further to the left that will alienate Tom Perriello from the Bernie Sanders wing of his party. But having seen just how far left Tom Perriello is on policy, that might just be an impossible task.”
“Pop some more popcorn folks, this is going to be a Democrat primary to remember!”