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ICYMI: West Virginia Democratic Leaders “Believe” in Chair Biafore, Sen. Caputo Tells WV Metro News

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ICYMI: West Virginia Democratic Leaders “Believe” in Chair Biafore, Sen. Caputo Tells WV Metro News

June 17, 2021

 

ICYMI: West Virginia Democratic Leaders “Believe” in Chair Biafore, Sen. Caputo Tells WV Metro News

 

The West Virginia Democratic Party’s belief in Chair Belinda Biafore is clearly strong after passing her affirmative action plan by a more than two-to-one margin, State Senator Mike Caputo told West Virginia Metro News in an interview Thursday. In a wide-ranging interview about the controversies surrounding the party, Senator Caputo laid out the facts, showing that majorities of party leaders had supported Chair Biafore’s affirmative action plan even after the hoopla had died down, and that only a small group within the party was raising their voice against her. When you ignore the noise and look at the numbers, Senator Caputo said, it’s clear that West Virginia Democrats trust her to do the right thing. 

 

Key Points:

 

*“She has been in my opinion, and done her best to try to make our party inclusive and diverse, and that’s no mistake… I know how she thinks, and I know how she cares about all kinds of people. It doesn’t matter where you come from, doesn’t matter what you look like, it doesn’t matter who you love, Belinda Biafore thinks the world of everybody.”

 

*“That [affirmative action plan] was voted on by the Democratic executive committee in a free and open vote. There was no there was no arm twisting, there was no lobbying. You didn’t have to vote that night after all the hoopla of the meeting went on. You voted by email the next day… And that plan was approved 46 to 19. That’s more than a two to one margin of the committee members that voted.”

 

*“[Chair Biafore] put the plan together, she explained why it had to be done immediately. She assured them that this was not the be all…  and I believe that [46-19 vote] is a display of the support she has on that committee.”

 

*“Now you talked about a few counties out there that called for her resignation… You know, there’s 55 counties in this state, [why do we just]  want to focus on the three that sent a vote of no confidence or called for her resignation? I just think it’s unfair.”

 

*“I’ve been counting votes for a long time. You always said I was a pretty good vote counter. Give me a 46 – 19 victory, that shows me that you know that the committee believes in her and wants to give her a chance to make this right and do the right thing.”

 

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