Northam’s decision will likely disappoint supporters of Jennifer Carroll Foy and Jennifer McClellan, who are running what could be history-making bids.
The Democratic candidate for governor, who has rejected allegations of sexual assault, said he has been denied due process like other Black men in history.
The former Virginia governor could be standing in the way of the country’s first Black woman governor. He’s counting on Black voters to help him do it.
The nod of approval from Porter, a financial policy expert, is a coup for Carroll Foy, who is carving out the progressive lane in the Democratic primary.
McAuliffe, a popular former Democratic governor, is already facing criticism that he could stand in the way of a Black woman getting the job.
His spokesman says the filing was a technicality and insists that McAuliffe hasn't yet decided whether he will launch a campaign.
He doesn't rule out a presidential run beyond 2020, though. “I’m still a young man. You’ll see what happens."
The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus declared that Northam "still does not understand the seriousness of his actions."
The former Democratic governor of Virginia said he's giving himself until March 31 to decide.
He said that if Presidents Clinton or Obama had performed like Trump did in Helsinki, "you would already have impeachment hearings going on."