Yesterday, Virginia Democrat gubernatorial nominee Ralph Northam was put in an even more uncomfortable position for his continued refusal to give a yes or no answer on whether he supports energy pipeline construction in the Commonwealth. Justin Fairfax, the Democrat nominee for lieutenant governor and Northam’s running mate, announced his opposition to the pipeline projects, echoing the position of Northam’s primary opponent, Tom Perriello. Despite repeated pressure on Northam from members of the press to give his position on the topic, he has repeatedly refused to do so and has avoided any public events for over a week.
Northam’s attempt to sit on both sides of the fence when it comes to the pipeline debate is becoming an increasingly lonely position in his party. Virginia’s Democrat governor Terry McAuliffe has been clear in his support for the projects while others like Fairfax and Perriello have unequivocally taken the opposite position. If Ralph Northam’s own running mate can take a position on pipeline construction and make it clear to Virginia voters, why can’t he do the same?