Va. State Sen. Ralph Northam (Norfolk) is the Democratic nominee for Lt. Gov., as such, he is required to submit financial reports to the Virginia Board of Elections, detailing his campaign contributions as well as payments to vendors and campaign workers.
A search of those records revealed that Northam paid $2,805 to Michael Muhammad during his 2007 campaign for State Senate.
So, who is Michael Muhammad?
He is the former head of the New Black Panthers in Hampton Roads, and has a long history of spewing racism along with threats of violence.
For years, Muhammad, who once, called Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim a "cracker," has publicly complained about an alleged undue Jewish influence on this country, and has even hinted at his desire to see the city of Norfolk set ablaze.
At a November 2000, city council meeting, Muhammad pointed to the sunset above the Norfolk skyline and said: "I see how much it resembles fire…Looks good to me."
In 2001, he was convicted of violating an order of protection, as he was stalking Republican House of Delegates candidate Winsome Sears.
Unconcerned with Muhammad’s history of racism, Sen. Ralph Northam told the Virginian-Pilot: "He made sure people knew I was a good candidate and was instrumental in getting people to the polls."
For Northam, it seems that only election results, and not character, matters.