First Black Gov. Won’t Back Obama Again

Douglas Wilder

America’s first African-American governor has refused to endorse President Obama for re-election, after backing him in 2008.

In his essay written for Reuters on November 1, former Virginia governor L. Douglas Wilder writes that President Obama “has governed as a left-of-center liberal who did not keep the focus squarely on jobs and economic recovery” as his main reason in not backing him a second time.

Wilder also notes in his piece that Vice President Joe Biden “has been too much of a distraction this campaign.” The former governor was among the first of many prominent African-American politicians to criticize Biden for his “put y’all back in chains” remark last August. The surrounding controversy prompted heavy speculation that Biden would be replaced on the ticket. Some believe President Obama will replace Biden if he wins a second term.

Adding an even harder twist, Wilder, a Democrat, says that Republican candidate Mitt Romney “has met the test to be president” – which some Romney supporters have taken as an endorsement of their man in everything but name.

Despite a flawed nomination process, Republicans “have chosen a credible candidate that many Virginians tell me they would feel fairly comfortable with in the Oval Office,” Wilder writes.

“Democrats counted on using ad hominem attacks to make Romney seem too unworthy and too unsteady to be the country‚Äôs chief executive because of the rough nominating process. But that has not been 100 percent effective.”

Republican hotsheet HotAir reported that Wilder was seen attending a Mitt Romney fundraiser in Richmond, Virginia last August.

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