Experts in the news. UMW’s Dr. Stephen Farnsworth was front and centre as news was breaking this weekend.

Experts in the news. UMW’s Dr. Stephen Farnsworth was front and centre as news was breaking this weekend. Experts in the news. UMW’s Dr. Stephen Farnsworth was front and centre as news was breaking this weekend.

February 4, 20192 min read
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There were only two things happening this past weekend: The Super Bowl and what appears to be the downward spiral of the once prominent and popular Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.


It was news that had pundits, journalists and political junkies glued to their televisions and smart phones as the story progressed and played out.


As the Governor fought to hold on to his office and career by a string, media from across the country were contacting the University of Mary Washington’s Dr. Stephen Farnsworth to find out what was going on and what would happen next.


Here are a few samples and snippets from some of the media that Dr. Farnsworth spoke to over the weekend.


“Northam's appeal to the voters was that he wasn't an ordinary politician. But if he had been more of an ordinary politician, that press conference probably wouldn't have gone as badly as it did," said University of Mary Washington political science professor Stephen Farnsworth. Chicago Daily Herald and the San Francisco Chronicle


Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington, said the Northam controversy may trigger more revelations of racial misconduct, the same way that the #MeToo movement emboldened women to come forward after years of silence. “Other politicians who have similar controversies in their past have to be prepared for them to be disclosed,” Farnsworth said. “And there may be additional pressure on Virginia government to deal with legacies of the Confederacy and Jim Crow in terms of statues and renaming of public parks.” Washington Post


“Ralph Northam’s time as governor is hanging by a thread,” University of Mary Washington political science professor Stephen Farnsworth said earlier in the day. “The forward movement of any agenda items that the governor has, has stopped.”  ABC News, Washington


When news was breaking – media knew who to call and how to reach them.  When you have breaking news any day of the week, let an expert from the University of Mary Washington help.


Dr. Stephen Farnsworth is professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington. A published author and a media ‘go-to’ on U.S. politics, he is available to speak with media regarding this issue. Simply click on his icon to arrange an interview.





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    Stephen Farnsworth Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

    Dr. Farnsworth has spent decades researching how media and politics intersect. Check out his website at stephenfarnsworth.net.

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