For the next day or so, Ralph Northam is still the governor of Virginia. While we are not friends and he does not know my name, we have met several times and kidded each other about marrying girls from Texas. I know him only as a nice guy and a veteran who cared enough to gave up his lucrative medical practice in order to serve our troops in Iraq and then to serve Virginians in Richmond.
However, in the past few days, he made some ill-advised comments on abortion and then an old photo surfaced of him wearing a racist costume in 1984. The comments were stupid, and the photo is politically incorrect. While I don’t believe there is a racist bone in his body, his future political effectiveness is now destroyed. It doesn’t matter that Ralph is a nice guy and a veteran — he must resign — now!
But, I wish him well!