Virginia Governor: Not Quitting in Blackface Scandal

Second woman accuses Virginia's Lt Governor of sexual assault

Second woman accuses Virginia's Lt Governor of sexual assault

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, in his first interview since a racist photo from his medical school yearbook came to light a week ago, has promised to pursue racial reconciliation.

In subsequent tweets, Hope said, "We owe it to all parties involved- especially the victims- to make sure that we have thought through every option the General Assembly has", and, "I believe Dr. Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson".

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 the main point that this person told me is that at the end of the day, the white person - just as I was the white person that dressed up as an African-American dancer - at the end of the day we can take that makeup off and go back to being white", but a black person continues to live in that skin and all that it represents.

Northam, meanwhile, insisted in an interview on CBS on Monday, that he would not resign over the 1984 yearbook picture, which showed a person in blackface next to another wearing the robes and hood of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan.

Northam was roundly attacked for his reaction to the yearbook revelation: a confused sequence that saw him first admit, then deny, appearing in the photo, only to apologize instead for wearing blackface on another occasion while imitating the late Michael Jackson. Northam has denied his appearance in the photo.

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

He says he'll "focus on race and equity" as his "commitment to Virginia" for the next three years.

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia has been put on leave by his law firm as it investigates sexual assault charges against him, according to a report.

On Saturday, Fairfax issued a statement repeating his strong denials that he had ever sexually assaulted anyone and made clear he does not intend to immediately step down and says he is calling for authorities, including the FBI, to investigate.

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The week's political chaos surrounding Virginia's top two elected officials stretched down to the second-in-line to succeed Northam, Attorney General Mark Herring, 57, who admitted that he, too, had once used blackface to imitate a black performer.

In the unlikely event all three men were to step down, the governorship would pass to the Republican speaker of the state house, which would be a stunning reversal in a state where Democrats have been gaining power in the last few election cycles.

Asked for his opinion on his subordinates, Northam told CBS it's up to them to decide whether they want to stay.

But despite calls to step down from many state and national level Democrats, Gov. Northam says he won't resign.

Fairfax has denied the allegations, said he does not intend to immediately resign and called for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other authorities to investigate. "I said that's not me either", he said.

Two women who have accused Lt. Gov.

Justin Fairfax, D, also faces calls to resign after two women accused him of sexual assault. He said an accusation by a second woman that he raped her when they were both students at Duke University in 2000 was "demonstrably false" and has demanded a full investigation.

Attorneys for both Tyson and Watson said in separate statements this weekend that their clients would be willing and prepared to testify at a impeachment hearing against Fairfax.

It's unclear who the people in the picture are, but the rest of the page is filled with pictures of Northam and lists his undergraduate alma mater and other information about him. "There's no better person to do that than a doctor", said Northam.

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