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‘I’m not going anywhere’: Virginia Gov

11 February, 2019, 17:44 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Pastor Lacette Cross speaks during a protest calling for Governor Ralph Northam to resign on Monday
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While all this has been going on, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has been facing pressure to resign after a photograph featuring blackface and a KKK costume was found on his medical school yearbook page.

After staying out of sight since he faced the press on February 2 to deny he was pictured in the racist photo on his yearbook page, but admitting that he had worn blackface on another occasion, Northam, 59, returned to the public eye to attend the funeral of a slain state trooper. "I will tell you that later that night I had a chance to step back, take a deep breath, look at the picture and said, 'This is not me in the picture, '" Northam told "CBS This Morning" in an interview that aired Monday. "Lieutenant-Governor Fairfax has suggested and called for an investigation, I strongly support that".

If a hearing did occur, attorneys for both of the women accusing Fairfax - Meredith Watson and Vanessa Tyson - say they would be willing to testify.

Gregory Howard, interim dean of theology at Richmond's historically black Virginia Union University, says there's still another point not to miss when thinking about the apologies offered by Northam and Herring. "Exactly! WTF, Ralph?!? I thought you were "woke" now, having supposedly read "'The Case for Reparations, ' an article in the Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a few chapters of 'Roots, ' by Alex Haley.'" Guess not!

Gov. Justin Fairfax, who is accused of sexually assaulting two women during his 20s, stoking the political bonfire consuming Virginia's Democratic leadership.

Those rebuttals have not satisfied fellow Democrat Patrick Hope, a state delegate who has promised to introduce articles of impeachment when lawmakers reconvene Monday.

Northam defended Attorney General Mark Herring (D-Va.) who also admitted to wearing blackface, claiming that he regrets putting Herring in the position where he felt he must admit to his past wrongdoings. Assuming this moves forward and they being hearings, however, they can grill Fairfax and make life very unpleasant for him just as the state gears up for elections.

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There is also a clear divide along party lines, with 57 percent of Democrats in the state still backing the governor.

Near the beginning of the CBS interview excerpt in an exchange with King, Northam notes that this year is the 400th anniversary of the first "indentured servants from Africa" arriving in Virginia. All 140 legislative seats will be up for grabs in November and Democrats had previously been hopeful that voter antipathy toward President Donald Trump would help them cement Virginia's status as a blue state.

On Wednesday, Vanessa Tyson came forward to recount Mr Fairfax's alleged assault in disturbing detail through a statement issued by her lawyers.

Also on CBS, Representative Don Beyer called Northam's initial admission, and then denials, that he was in a racist photo "very bizarre" and said the governor had lost too much credibility to stay in office.

"And if these accusations are determined to be true, I don't think he's going to have any other option but to resign", Northam said.

That may not satisfy Virginians, who, according to recent polls, are thoroughly divided on whether Northam should step down from office.

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