Today seems to be the day for bucking past trends when it comes to endorsements.
Here are the latest:
1) The Virginia Association of Realtors’ political action committee, which yesterday endorsed Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor, followed up today by giving its nod to the rest of the Democrats’ statewide candidates: state Sen. Ralph Northam for Lieutenant Governor and Mark Herring for Attorney General. The endorsements came after candidate interviews last week, and were based on their understanding of real estate issues. The PAC said trustees liked Northam’s bipartisan approach to solving Virginia’s challenges and his pro-business record. Association president Mary Dykstra said the group backed Herring because it felt it is a strong supporter of homeownership.
2) Former state Sen. Senator Brandon Bell of Roanoke County, who served as a Republican in the Senate of Virginia from 1992-1996 and 2004-2008 later switched his affiliation to Independent, endorsed McAuliffe for governor. Bell, who switched his support to Bob McDonnell in 2009 after first endorsing Democrat Creigh Deeds and who also supported Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General that year, said he was backing McAuliffe because he “has shown that he is focused on issues that Virginians of all parties care about, like creating more educational and economic opportunities for our communities, and investing in our transportation systems.”
3) Former state Sen. Marty Williams, a Newport News Republican, also endorsed McAuliffe.”My experience with Ken Cuccinelli has been that he is focused on a divisive social agenda,” Williams said. “Terry McAuliffe’s top priority is to find mainstream compromise on issues that are critical towards growing our economy.