As Democrat Virginia Gov. Ralph “Blackface” Northam is doubling down on his state’s oppressive lockdown measures, some of his constituents are, it would appear, tripling down on telling him and other Democrats to pound sand.
As it stands, on May 15th all of Virginia except for North Virginia entered phase one of the state’s reopening. In announcing plans for phase one earlier this month, Northam said he’d be delaying Northern Virginia’s reopening because it’s “not there yet.”
Asking during a presser this Wednesday to specify when exactly Northern Virginia will be “there,” the governor essentially said it’ll be sometime between now and infinity.
“[W]e are in daily communication with the leaders you heard from them last week, when we made this decision to delay going into phase one. They are following the data. Just as we are. Just as I’m sure people in Northern Virginia and across Virginia are,” he said.
“And so we haven’t set any particular timeline. We will continue to follow that daily. We’ll be in communication with those leaders and when they are comfortable and when the data supports moving into phase one, we will do so.”
What’s interesting about these remarks is the timing.
During a local election that occurred just a day before Northam spoke with the press, three Republicans pining for positions on the Staunton City Council scored a decisive victory against their Democrat challengers, all of them incumbents.
“Republican candidates Mark Robertson, Amy Darby, and Steve Claffey all joined incumbent Andrea Oakes in a four-seat GOP sweep,” The Daily Caller reported.
“The three incoming council members replaced Democratic incumbents Erik Curren, Ophie Kier, and James Harrington.”
The three Republicans scored this victory despite Curren, Kier and Harrington doubling the number of votes they’d earned during the 2016 presidential election.
Chris Graham of the Augusta Free Press noted that while “Democrats got their voters out better than they have in a May cycle in years, Republicans got turnout more akin to, not quite a presidential year, but approaching gubernatorial.”
Suffice it to say, pro-Republican — and thus anti-Democrat — enthusiasm was tremendous to the point that it was “stunning almost beyond words.”
“A city that voted for Barack Obama, twice, voted for Hillary Clinton, voted for Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam, even gave a solid majority to Jennifer Lewis in her 2018 congressional run against Ben Cline, is now controlled by Republicans,” Graham noted.
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And Staunton wasn’t even alone.
“Nearby Waynesboro also put two conservatives, Lana Williams and Bruce Allen, on their city council,” The Daily Caller reported.
While it’s not clear what exactly led to these victories, Graham did note that the winning candidates in both cities “highlighted the Second Amendment as a key issue in their campaigns.”
He further noted that local leaders in both cities had “resisted adopting resolutions declaring their cities to be sanctuaries despite intense outcries from vocal minorities in both locales.”
These outcries were tied to a spate of draconian gun control measures that were signed into law by Northam last month.
“We lose too many Virginians to gun violence, and it is past time we took bold, meaningful action to make our communities safer,” he said in a statement at the time. “I was proud to work with legislators and advocates on these measures, and I am proud to sign them into law. These common-sense laws will save lives.”
Protests against the measures erupted as early as January, prompting some communities to install “gun sanctuary” policies to protect their constituents. But it appears officials in neither Staunton nor Waynesboro chose to follow suit.
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The timing of the victories suggests that resentment over Northam’s oppressive lockdown measures may have also been at play.
In an interview this week, Northern Virginia business owner Rick Novak said he was fed up with the lockdown and would be reopening his business soon regardless of the state’s policies.
“I’m only going to wait so long at the theater and the bowling alley, and then we’re going to reopen because that’s the right thing to do,” Novak, the owner of Royal Cinemas and the Royal Family Bowling Center, told The Daily Caller.
Thanks to Northam’s order, his business has already sustained over “$130,000 bowling center plus $116,000 theater, or $246,000 together and counting every day” in losses, he said.
Unless he reopens soon, his 26-year-old business will soon cease to exist, and thus he’s given Northam until the first week of June to reopen.
But given as the governor has vowed that he has no “particular timeline” in mind, there’s no telling what’ll happen.
Author: Vivek Saxena