Delmarva Governors Event Postponed in Midst of Northam Controversy


The Greater Salisbury Committee has postponed an upcoming event set to feature the Governors of Delmarva.

The leaders of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia were set to gather at Salisbury University’s Holloway Hall on February 11th to discuss issues pertinent to the Delmarva Peninsula. In a statement, GSC told WGMD “GSC looks forward to bringing together Delmarva’s Governors in the near future for a discussion on our region.”

Although it was not provided as a reason for the postponement, the news comes amidst Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s photo controversy and calls for his resignation from both political parties. Friday, a picture emerged purporting to show Governor Northam’s 1984 school yearbook picture alongside an image of two individuals, one in blackface, the other in a KKK robe. Northam denies being in the image and has defied calls for him to resign.

One of those calling for his resignation is Delaware Governor John Carney, a fellow Democrat. Governor Carney said Tuesday he is “hopeful that Governor Northam will resign” and that him remaining in office risks “condoning something that we should be teaching our children is wrong.” Had the event taken place, it would’ve provided a potentially tense juxtaposition: one Governor calling for other’s resignation, on the same stage. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican has not publicly weighed in on Northam’s situation.