Virginia Democrats Call on Gillespie to Renounce Sen. Black’s Endorsement

Virginia Democrats Call on Gillespie to Renounce Sen. Black’s Endorsement

In light of the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria, the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) called today for Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie to renounce his support from state Sen. Dick Black (R-13).

“This week’s unspeakable chemical weapons attack is the latest in a long series of horrors perpetrated by Bashar al-Assad on innocent civilians – and yet, Ed Gillespie seems to be okay that one of his top endorsers is defending Assad’s war crimes,” said DPVA Chair Susan Swecker in a statement. “Ed Gillespie needs to immediately renounce Senator Dick Black’s endorsement.”

Black, who represents part of Loudoun County in the Virginia Senate, has denied Syria President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for attacking civilians and has tweeted that Assad had been framed for previous attacks. Following the recent attacks, he also released a statement in support of Assad. Black made national headlines for his meeting with Assad a year ago and has been frequently criticized by the left for his stances on the Syrian conflict.

Gillespie has previously touted Black’s endorsement on his web site and through social media.

Gillespie, a former chair of the Republican National Committee and 2014 Virginia Senate candidate, has been leading in the polls ahead of his two GOP opponents, Prince William Board of Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart and state Sen. Frank Wagner, ahead of the June 13 Republican primary.

“Given Ed’s wide range of supporters across the Commonwealth, he’s obviously not going to agree with every one of them on every single issue,” campaign Deputy Communications Director Abbi Sigler said Monday afternoon.