Tuesday, May 16, 2017
RICHMOND, Va. – In light of recent revelations of racist statements made by Tom Brock, a candidate in House District 21, in addition to Brock’s previously-exposed misogynistic statements, House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring today released the following joint statement:
“Tom Brock’s racist jokes are appalling. His history of derogatory statements about women and people of color are not consistent with the values of our party. When we first learned of Mr. Brock’s offensive Facebook posts, we called on him to suspend his campaign. He declined. Now, with the revelation of these racist posts, we are renewing our call, publicly, for Mr. Brock to drop out of the race and are endorsing his opponent, Kelly Fowler.
“Kelly Fowler embraces the values of inclusiveness and economic opportunity for all Virginians, regardless of race or gender. Having grown up in a military family in Virginia Beach, Kelly understands the needs of her district. She has improved her community through teaching in public school, restoring distressed homes, and now by leading a team of real estate agents who specialize in helping military families re-locate. Her progressive message of opportunity for everyone, not just the well-connected, will be a welcome voice in Richmond. It is with great pride that the House Democratic Caucus today endorses Kelly Fowler’s campaign.”