After hard-charging start, Youngkin faces tricky work of relationship-building – The Washington Post – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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RICHMOND — Not two weeks after he swaggered into Virginia’s Executive Mansion with a fusillade of executive actions, Gov. Glenn Youngkin walked across Capitol Square on a more humble mission to the office of a junior state legislator.

Del. Don L. Scott Jr. (D-Portsmouth) had made an emotional speech on the House floor questioning Youngkin’s religious faith over his use of race as a political issue. It was one of several challenges this week to the new Republican governor, whose executive orders had already sparked lawsuits and whose legislative agenda was hitting the roadblock of a Democrat-controlled Senate.

Youngkin’s victory last fall in a blue-trending state vaulted him into the national limelight. But now the political newcomer, who has mostly surrounded himself with advisers unfamiliar with the ways of Richmond, faces the unglamorous work of building relationships and working deals in a divided Capitol.

Youngkin spent much of this week seeking face time with legislators, working out of a tiny office on the third floor of the Capitol so they could easily pop in for what his advisers call “drop-bys.” He hosted a reception at the mansion for freshmen delegates from both parties. He wooed leaders of Virginia’s historically Black colleges and universities, giving them top billing at a campaign-style event touting his plan for partnering institutions of higher edu


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