Governor Sidesteps Redskins Name Debate

Vir­ginia Gov. Terry McAu­li­ffe didn’t com­ment on t he con­tro­versy over the Wash­ing­ton red­skins name Fri­day, instead he talked about the eco­nomic ben­e­fits of hav­ing the team in his state.the gov­er­nor said dur­ing a visit to a Red­skins train­ing camp prac­tice. “It is not up to a gov­er­nor to tell a pri­vate busi­ness what to do with their busi­ness,”. “I am about grow­ing our econ­omy. I’m about diver­si­fy­ing our econ­omy. … The vot­ers elected me to get jobs, and this team here is help­ing me get jobs.”

McAu­li­ffe said thou­sands of fans have been attend­ing prac­tice daily dur­ing camp, which runs through mid-August. The Red­skins also have their head­quar­ters and main train­ing facil­ity in North­ern Virginia.The Red­skins name has been the sub­ject of a by some who think it’s a racial slur and should be changed. McAu­li­ffe said he plans to host the team at the Exec­u­tive Man­sion Tues­day night.