When ABC’s hit TV show “The Bachelorette” taped an episode in Virginia’s state capitol, Governor Ralph Northam decided to stop by and help Season 14 star Becca Kufrin choose between her suitors.
To help winnow down the field of gentlemen, the show held a “Beccaelection 2018” debate on the state capitol steps. And the Governor got to ask the first question.
He lobbed a softball to former NFL player Colton Underwood, “What is your idea of the perfect date with Becca in the Commonwealth of Virgina?” Colton knocked it out of the park; after cannily noting that “Virginia is for lovers,” he suggested they could go walk their dogs in a dog park, to which Becca swooned.
Later in the debate, contestants Chris Randone and Lincoln Adim went negative on each other, and the ugly exchange led to Becca knocking them both out of the running by the end of the episode. Colton, perhaps thanks to Gov. Northam’s helpful question, stuck around.
How did Northam end up on the show? According to the Washington Post, it wasn’t planned in advance. Northam’s 27-year old daughter came to attend the taping and, impromptu, brokered the cameo.