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Row deepens as Virginia attorney general admits he wore blackface”

On Thursday Herring released a statement on Twitter which did not acknowledge the existence of a photo but did detail an incident from his youth.

While both sides are now being hit, the controversy kicked off last week when Democrats called for the resignation of Gov. Ralph Northam over a racist photograph featured on his personal page in his 1984 medical school yearbook.

Tyson wrote in her statement that "what began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault".

"Having offered up a series of evolving apologies explanations for what he did 35 years ago he has undermined the credibility of the office of governor and his own ability as a chief exec in Virginia to govern". President Trump referred to Northam's interview during his State of the Union speech, where he bashed the embattled governor for stating "he would execute a baby after birth".

Instead, the day after Northam's blackface revelation, female academic Vanessa Tyson publicly accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in 2004. "I am a proud Democrat".

Tyson alleges she met Fairfax when they were both working at the Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004.

Virtually every Virginia Democrat, and most major figures in the party, called for Northam to resign, a move that would in the normal line of succession elevate Democratic Lt, Gov. Justin Fairfax to the governor's mansion.

Fairfax then issued a denial of the allegations, writing that The Post had found problems with Tyson's testimony. The fourth-in-line to succeed Northam is house speaker Kirk Cox, a Republican who only assumed that position through an archaic procedure that involved drawing names out of a bowl.

"Mr Fairfax has tried to brand me as a liar to a national audience, in service to his political ambitions, and has threatened litigation", she said. "But it doesn't change the fact that Northam needs to resign".

Despite Democrats' professed commitment to rooting out bigotry and intolerance, Northam's party might be motivated to rally behind him to avoid the prospect of Republicans suddenly assuming the governorship.

As the political fallout continues, Fauntroy says there's a blunt message in it for anyone considering wearing blackface.

"That conduct clearly shows that, as a young man, I had a callous and inexcusable lack of awareness and insensitivity to the pain my behaviour could inflict on others", he said.
Later in his statement, he admitted: "That same year, I did participate in a dance contest in San Antonio in which I darkened my face as part of a Michael Jackson costume". If the three failing pols were Republicans, far stronger action would be taken. But he added: "This conduct is in no way reflective of the man I have become in the almost 40 years since". First and foremost among the questions they raise: How could he possibly have admitted to something as damning as appearing in the photo if he was certain he wasn't one of the people in it?



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