Dem House Chief Deputy Whip Kildee on Northam: ‘When You Have a Standard, You Have to Live by It’

In an appearance Saturday on Fox News Channel, Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI), the House chief deputy whip, weighed in on the controversy involving Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) and his medical school yearbook, which included photos of individuals in blackface and one in a Klan robe. Kildee was asked to react to a tweet posted by Northam before his 2017 Virginia gubernatorial election attacking his then-opponent Ed Gillespie. VA is an inclusive and diverse community—we won't put up with Ed Gillespie's racist rhetoric and fearmongering. https://t.co/WjEnUPBkXS — Ralph Northam (@RalphNortham) October 11, 2017 “What it shows is when you have a standard, you have to live by it, and I think Governor Northam is coming to understand in ways he perhaps never imagined,” Kildee said. “I’m one of those that feel this is a disqualifying moment for him. I think it makes it very difficult for him to govern a state as diverse as Virginia.” Kildee went on to dismiss the validity of Northam’s defense that he didn’t remember doing, saying that was not one that he should advance. Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor
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