McClellan Statement on Sen. Amanda Chase’s Racist Attacks

Chase has repeatedly targeted McClellan for Black Caucus leadership

RICHMOND, Va. – Today, candidate for governor Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) released a statement in response to Sen. Amanda Chase’s attacks saying that McClellan will “not be a governor that supports everyone” because of her role as Vice Chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.

“As a Black woman in politics, I’ve faced racist attacks before, ” McClellan said. “But I will never let racism and bigotry get in the way of delivering progress for every community in Virginia. 

“I’ve worked as Vice Chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus to deliver generational change this session in education, health care, economic opportunity, the justice system, housing, the environment, and voting for all Virginians. The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus has been a force for progress for decades — progress that has benefitted every community of the Commonwealth.

“Sen. Chase’s bigoted comments have no place in Virginia politics. Sen. Chase can feel free to call herself ‘Trump in Heels,’ but her Trump-style divisiveness is the kind of unacceptable rhetoric I’ve fought my entire life. Virginians are ready to make history this year. I’m proud to be Vice Chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, and I will proudly represent every Virginian as Governor.”

McClellan has been the subject of remarks from Sen. Chase — the self-appointed “Trump-In-Heels’” — since June 2020, when Chase said, “I’m sick and tired of all of the identity politics and yet the Virginia Governor’s race in 2021 is shaping up to be all about who will be the best female for Governor. If you thought Ralph Northam was bad wait til you see the McClellan agenda. She serves as the vice-chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. One thing you can be sure of: she is not for all Virginians.”