Northam’s Communications Director Leaves Office

Posted on June 20, 2019 11:40 am

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Ofirah Yheskel, who served as the communications director for the embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D.) as recently as last week, will be joining the presidential campaign of Robert “Beto” O’Rourke as the deputy communications director for states.

Yheskel, who served as Northam’s press secretary during his 2017 gubernatorial campaign, was later promoted to communications director in his administration. She was instrumental in the communications strategy after Northam’s medical school yearbook page surfaced in early February, showing a man in blackface and a man in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

Northam apologized for the picture initially after it was released, saying he