Lt. Gov. Northam at visit to the Harrison Museum of African American Culture
In a party-line vote, Virginia House Democrats today sustained Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s veto of a Republican bill to defund Planned Parenthood.
During the debate, Republican Del. Matt Fariss, a white man, asked Democratic Caucus Chair Charniele Herring, a black woman, whether fetuses could be selectively aborted based on race.
“More than-one third of Planned Parenthood patients are Hispanic women or women of color, and both those demographics are disproportionately more likely to die from cervical cancer,” said Herring. “An attack on Planned Parenthood is an attack against women, especially low-income women an
Much of the central committee’s Dec. 4th meeting was taken up by a live auction. The auction had everything from a handmade scarf, jewelry, wine and cheese to a signed copy of Patrick Kennedy’s book, “Coming Clean.” The book went for $100. Cranwell’s southern charm, humor and auctioning skills brought roars of laughter as he gestured to the invisible “lovely Vanna White” of Wheel of Fortune fame.
Candidate Peter Rousselot former Arlington County Democratic Committee chair spoke to the membership first saying, “Virginia has been made a laughing stock in other parts of the country because of the antics of this guy Ken Cuccinelli and we’ve got to put a stop to it.”
Rousselot recounted a conversation he had with a potential contributor who said, “I just don’t have the confidence that everyone is pulling together.” He said he would work full-time and promised a 134 local committee strategy by reaching out to local democratic chairs.
Brian Moran got a rousing ovation at his introduction. The applause continued as he stressed keeping control of the state Senate and capturing the House of Delegates. “We will restore a Democrat in the governor’s mansion and we will surely keep Virginia blue in 2012,” proclaimed Moran.
Moran believes communication is key. He added that recruiting and supporting good candidates is paramount and Democrats must “get started right now to win in November … now is the time to return to our winning ways.”
After Moran spoke Dr. Ferguson Reid the first African American elected to the Virginia General Assembly since Reconstruction came to the podium. He called for Democrats to “go back to the basics … voter registration … voter education and get out the vote [efforts].”
The final vote was by acclamation. The secret ballot vote totals for each candidate were not divulged. Even committee members will never know how each congressional district voted.
At the end Rousselot stepped to the podium saying, “I’d like to make a motion that the central committee elect as our next chair unanimously Brian Moran.” Cranwell yelled to thunderous applause “all in favor say aye” … members roared back in response “aye” and with one wave of the magic DPVA scepter “poof” Brian Moran became (no, not a toad smart alecks) the new DPVA chair.