Last Tuesday, Virginia sent a message
Last Tuesday, the commonwealth and its voters stood strong and showed the country that Virginia remains a state for lovers.
On Oct. 10, The New York Times published an op/ed column by Paul Krugman, “Virginia Is for Haters.” Krugman wrote, “Virginia is now the most important place on the U.S. political landscape” and noted that the commonwealth’s Election Day is often a referendum on a president’s first year in office.
Virginia responded and in a landslide elected Ralph Northam as our next governor.
A clear majority of Virginians are frustrated and angry with the current administration. Virginians are tired of lies, alternate facts, and half-truths. Sadly, this
campaign cycle was filled with nasty rhetoric and misleading claims, using scare tactics to claim candidates directly enable gang violence and child pornographers. On August 15, we witnessed President Trump claim that we “had some very fine people on both sides” of the white supremacist’s march in Charlottesville and at U.Va. He never fully denounced their actions.
Educated voters saw through the misleading ads and elected a completely Democratic ticket with Northam, Fairfax, and Herring. They may have flipped the House of Delegates with some of the most diverse candidates our state has seen.
Over the next four years, our government has much work to accomplish and we all must continue to encourage real Virginia values like love, not hate. We should all be proud to be Virginians. We sent a clear message that Virginia is not for haters.
CARTER ELLIOTT. LYNCHBURG.