Doug Wilder is running his mouth again. That usually makes people anxious or angry. But the former Virginia governor and Richmond mayor has an important message for the Democratic Party from which he occasionally strays.
The party would be wise to listen. It could determine whether Democrats hold Tim Kaine’s Senate seat, assuming he becomes vice president, as well as the governorship.
Wilder, the nation’s first elected black governor, is endorsing Bobby Scott, the state’s only black congressman, as Kaine’s replacement.
Filling the seat would fall to Gov. Terry McAuliffe. He would appoint an interim senator, who would stand for election in November 2017, concurrent with the gubernatorial contest, and again in November 2018, when Kaine’s six-year term would be ending. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)