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Khalfani hails McDonnell’s voter restoration program

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The outspoken leader of the Virginia Conference of the NAACP had kind words for Governor Bob McDonnell today, after the Republican unveiled a new plan for ex-felons to have their rights restored.

King Salim Khalfani said that McDonnell went out of his way to take into account the most important stakeholders and crafted a plan that met their needs.

“We had persons who were ex-offenders, A.C.L.U., League of Women Voters,” Khalfani said.  “and they invited input from the stakeholders so we got a buy-in and we helped shape the policy.”

Now comes the implementation of the plan, which Khalfani said he and his organization will continue to keep a close eye on.

McDonnell has taken heat from many members of the minority community after a few controversial moves, including the decision to issue a proclamation in honor of Confederate History Month. But his effort in this particular issue, which is important to the African-American community, has apparently won over Khalfani.

“Well, he’s been in, what, four months?  He’s about 100 days in,” said the NAACP leader.  “He’s got three-plus more years. So let’s look at the results. Let’s see and he’s got a chance to become a rising star again if he does the right thing by the people of Virginia.”

You can see the entire interview with King Salim Khalfani by clicking here.

Written by Ryan Nobles

May 21, 2010 at 5:28 pm

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