Gov. Northam vows: 'I'm not going anywhere'

Posted February 12, 2019

In an interview broadcast Monday, Northam provided a more complete explanation of his statements that set off this whole crisis following the discovery of a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook.

"I have thought about resigning, but I've also thought about what Virginia needs right now", Northam told CBS News.

Fox News host Jesse Watters said Republicans now have "get out of jail free cards" for their own scandals because of the blackface and sexual assault scandals currently embroiling Democratic politicians in Virginia. "And I'm going to improve my life and do better and be in a position where I can help other people". In addition to the emergence of a picture on Northam's yearbook page showing a person in a KKK costume standing next to a person in blackface - which Northam denied being in - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said that he had worn blackface to a party and reports said that State Senator Tommy Norment had edited a yearbook containing racist slurs.

Northam initially apologised for being in the photo then, the following day, staged a freaky press conference where he denied being in that picture but admitted to dressing in blackface for a social event that same year. In his first press conference after the photos surfaced, Northam nervously made jokes about how hard it is to wash off shoe polish and almost attempted the moonwalk.

"We take the allegations against Justin very seriously", Nashelsky continued.

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Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is reaffirming his decision to not resign after two women came forward with accusations of sexual assault. And now, Justin Fairfax, the lieutenant governor of Virginia, is following that high-stakes precedent.

Although the Democratic Party has taken nearly a zero-tolerance approach to misconduct among its members in this #MeToo era, a housecleaning in Virginia could be costly to them: If all three Democrats resigned, Republican Cox would become governor.

"It must take tremendous courage for women to step forward and talk about being the victim of sexual assault", Northam said.

As for taking Virginia to the "next level", that's basically a meaningless/trite cliche, but I will say one thing positive: IF Ralph Northam is serious about racial reconcilation, equity and justice, and IF he devotes himself wholeheartedly to these things during whatever time he remains governor, PERHAPS some good can come out of this nightmare.

Northam claimed Fairfax may not have "any other option but to resign" if the investigation into the allegations finds evidence of the assaults.

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"I was born in white privilege and that has implications to it", Northam said. Northam said he has no plans to resign, despite mounting pressure.

Now a California college professor, she says Mr Fairfax forced her to perform a sex act on him during the 2004 Democratic political convention in Boston. Fairfax has vehemently denied the claims and called for authorities, including the FBI, to investigate. Fairfax is accused of sexual assault in two cases that date back almost two decades.

If an impeachment hearing does occur, though, Meredith Watson, 39, willing to testify that Fairfax raped her while they were students at Duke University in 2000, her attorney said in a statement.

It's not clear whether he'll be paid by the firm while on leave.

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