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Governor Northam digs himself further into hole in new interview

Governor Northam digs himself further into hole in new interview”

In spite of calls from him to be 86'd from the political landscape, in his interview with King, which will air on CBS This Morning on Monday- Northam reiterates that he has no plans to resign. "They need to be taken seriously". 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.

Fairfax was previously considered as a top replacement for Governor Ralph Northam when past racist photos in his medical school yearbook came to light earlier this month. He vowed this weekend in the interview with CBS and with the Washington Post on Saturday that he'll finish his four-year term in office and use the time to pursue an agenda of racial reconciliation. But he said he's in a position to lead and that "Virginia needs someone that can heal".

He told King that despite the calls for him to step down, "I'm not going anywhere".

The poll also found that 11 percent of Virginia residents have either worn blackface or known someone who has. "But he sacrificed so much of his ability to govern effectively". The photo, available in Northam's yearbook, showed two individuals, one dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and one dressed in "minstrel-show" style blackface. Northam had later acknowledged he wore blackface at a separate event in the 1980s, dressing up as Michael Jackson for a dance contest.

The political chaos surrounding the state's top two elected officials has extended to the second in line to succeed Northam, Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring, who admitted that he had once darkened his face to imitate a black performer.

The governor initially apologized when the image was reported, admitting that he was in the photo.

Northam told CBS it must have taken tremendous courage for the women to come forward, and that he supported Fairfax's call for an investigation.

"If these accusations are determined to be true, I don't think he's going to have any other option but to resign", Northam added. Fairfax has asked the FBI to investigate the assault claims against him.

- With files from the Associated Press.

"I say again without reservation: I did not sexually assault or rape Meredith Watson, Vanessa Tyson or anyone else", Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said in the statement. "There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity", he said.

"I'm not as devastated by blackface and neither will I hold a person accountable for what they did 35 years ago, when this election for him as governor was not based upon who he was 35 years ago", said the grey-suited 52-year-old. The Virginia Democratic Party has called on Fairfax to resign, and one Democratic Virginia legislator says he will introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax if a resolution on the issue is not reached this week.

Many Democrats who had carefully withheld judgment after the first accusation against Fairfax, saying the matter needed to be investigated, immediately condemned him.

At the start of the week, Cox said there was little appetite among lawmakers to remove Northam through impeachment, saying resignation "would obviously be less pain for everyone". Whites are more evenly divided.



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