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NORTHAM HITS CAMPAIGN TRAIL AFTER ABORTION AND BLACKFACE SCANDALS


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Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam re-entered the campaign circuit after laying low following numerous political scandals.

Northam appeared Wednesday at a private event for an incumbent Democrat and will attend a campaign kickoff party Sunday, according to his spokesperson, the Richmond-Times Dispatch reported Thursday. Democratic Virginia Del. Betsy Carr hosted the Wednesday gathering for constituents, lobbyists and her supporters, according to the Dispatch.

The governor will attend a barbecue for Democratic Virginia State Sen. David Marsden on Sunday, according to his spokesperson. Neither Carr nor Marsden face Democratic challengers or Republican opponents, according to the Dispatch.

Requests for Northam to attend events stopped short after a media storm erupted following his Jan. 30 comments appearing to condone infanticide and late-term abortions. Northam responded by tweeting in defense of his character, saying, “I have devoted my life to caring for children and any insinuation otherwise is shameful and disgusting.”

Northam said later that he doesn’t regret statements he made and blamed media outlets for misconstruing his words.

Shortly thereafter, a photo from Northam’s Eastern Virginia Medical School 1984 senior yearbook page surfaced, depicting two figures, one dressed in blackface and one sporting KKK robes. The photo became public Feb. 1.

Northam admitted to and apologized later that day for appearing in the “clearly racist and offensive” photograph, according to The Washington Post. “I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now,” he said.

On Feb. 2, Northam backtracked and said he is not either of the people in the photo. He did, however, admit to darkening his face as part of a Michael Jackson costume. A longtime associate of Northam’s says he admitted to her that he was in the photo, CNN reported.

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He's baaaack...

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