ROANOKE, Va. — The Virginia gubernatorial election has erupted in controversy after Democratic-primary candidate Tom Perriello referred to Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam as a “poopyhead” during a televised radio interview this morning.
When asked about Virginia’s upcoming gubernatorial race, Periello, who was defeated by Northam in the primary earlier this year, sharply responded, “The Democratic party would be far better off with me than that poopyhead,” leaving interviewers stunned.
The incident, which occurred while the single-term congressman was answering questions on NPR affiliate 88.9 WCVE, has wreaked havoc at the polls. Reports are coming in from around the Commonwealth that the comment has caused supporters of both the former and current candidates to hurl childlike insults at each other while in line to vote.
Periello’s aides have been insisting that calling Northam a poopyhead was not planned in any manner but was an off-the-cuff remark. University of Virginia professor and national political commentator Larry Sabato confirmed in a call that this is possibly the first recorded use of the word “poopyhead” in Virginia politics.
While the Northam campaign has made no formal response, the lieutenant governor tweeted simply, “I am rubber, you are glue.”
The Peedmont will monitor the story as it continues to develop.