Tom Perriello Has A Bernie Problem
Pretty soon the Tom Perriello Virginia voters once knew will be unrecognizable. That’s because Perriello has flip-flopped on so many positions, it’s like he’s a completely new person. Perriello has clearly been influenced by the Democratic civil war. He saw what Bernie Sanders did to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 primary, and he’s made sure he has all the right positions.
During his short gubernatorial campaign, Perriello has already flip-flopped on off-shore drilling, government funding of abortions, and Second Amendment rights. Now Perriello has added immigration to that already voluminous list of flip-flops. According to Politico, Perriello now supports immigration reform and the DREAM Act, but when he ran for Congress Perriello was a supporter of undocumented immigrants “self-deporting”:
“Nine years ago, when Perriello was running for Congress against GOP Rep. Virgil Goode, the Democrat suggested cracking down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants, saying it would eliminate the incentive for people to stay in the U.S. illegally. ‘If we cut off the supply of jobs we know that people are going to stop coming over and people are going to start self-deporting,” Perriello said at a debate at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.”
Perriello’s 180 on immigration will only add to the suspicions many liberals have for him already.
While Perriello is attempting to flip-flop on every issue important to Virginia’s Democratic primary voters, Northam is having the opposite problem. Speaking with the New York Times, Lt. Governor Ralph Northam admitted to voting for George W. Bush not once, but twice:
“But the lieutenant governor has blemishes of his own in a Democratic primary race. He conceded that he had voted for George W. Bush in each of his presidential campaigns, explaining that he was an apolitical doctor at the time and now viewed his decision as ‘wrong.’”
That’s not going to make Northam very many friends in the primary. Virginia Democrats once hoped to have a coronation for Northam, yet now the primary has devolved into a vicious fight to the finish. No matter who wins though, Democrats are going to enter the general election as damaged goods.