Virginia Delegate Alex Askew Denounces GOP Attack Mail “Openly Racist”, Demands Apology
Alex Askew, a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, accused his Republican challenger of using racist imagery in campaign attacks depicting him burning and hanging by ropes.
In a tweet on Saturday, Askew called out GOP candidate Karen Greenhalgh for sending two separate attack letters showing him in controversial positions.
“Karen – last month you sent out an attack mail that displayed a dark, scorching photo of my face. Now your group represents me as tied and suspended by a rope. AGAIN: These images are based on some of the most popular images. laziest and most blatantly racist black tropes in history, ”Askew tweeted on Saturday. He shared a picture of a shipper that shows him tightly bound and hanging, like a puppet on strings.
Three weeks ago, Greenhalgh’s team sent voters an image of Askew’s face engulfed in flames. On Saturday, Askew also re-shared a tweet he wrote in September condemning the footage.
“My opponent’s attack mail displayed a dark, scorching photo of my face. I’m a black man. Describing any black person burning or hanging spreads some of the most dangerous racist tropes in life. “History. This dog whistle attack has no place in our politics,” he wrote.
Askew, who represents Virginia Beach, continued on Twitter saying it is “clear” that Greenhalgh lacks the capacity to represent people of color and called on her to “immediately stop and speak out against these deeply racist attacks. “.
In response, Greenhalgh issued a statement on Saturday saying the most recent mail had not been published or tolerated by his campaign. Instead, a spokesperson for his team said News week that the mail was sent by the Republican Party of Virginia.
“Many in the 85th arrondissement received offensive mail today. Neither I nor anyone on my campaign team approved this mail. I do not endorse these images. My campaign is about job creation, lower taxes and safer neighborhoods. pieces, ”Greenhalgh tweeted.
News week contacted the Virginia Republican Party for further comment.
The ongoing feud comes just a month before the Virginia House of Delegates election, which could prove to be the first indication of how Republicans and Democrats will behave in the midterm elections of the United States. ‘next year.
Virginia Democrats currently hold 55 of the 100 seats up for election in November, and their ability to hold onto those places could suggest national tendencies in the battle to control the House of Representatives in Washington, DC.
Delegate elections “can certainly, at times, play the role of a canary in the coal mine. And I think this is even more true now given the nationalization of our elections at all levels,” Tucker Martin, who was a key contributor to former GOP Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell told The Hill last month. “If there are any trends that develop, you will see some of them in the results.”
Askew told the outlet earlier this month that Democrats have done “incredible” things to transform Virginia over the past two years, adding that “we cannot afford to go back to 20 years of Republican leadership.” .
Update 10/03/21 at 9:14 a.m.ET: This story has been updated to include a statement from Karen Greenhalgh.