Virginia governor says lieutenant governor may need to quit over allegations

11 February, 2019, 08:27 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax presides over the Senate at the Virginia State Capitol

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.

The poll also found that 11 percent of Virginia residents have either worn blackface or known someone who has.

"So I find that really refreshing", she said.

Northam's reference to slaves as indentured servants sparked some outrage on social media. "SIGH", tweeted Democratic operative Symone Sanders.

Home to one of the first settlements in America, it has produced a long list of patriots and more Presidents than any other state.

The state is in chaos with controversies engulfing the state's top three elected officials.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam once again dismissed calls for him to resign over photos of him in blackface but said if the sexual assault allegations against Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax prove to be true, he will have to step down.

Fairfax denied Watson's allegation in a statement Friday, The Washington Post reported, saying it was "demonstrably false".

Wise said she felt betrayed by Northam's revelations, particularly because he remained silent about his own past after the events of Charlottesville.

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Northam, who is a year into his four-year term, announced his intention to stay during an afternoon Cabinet meeting, according to a senior official who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Democratic lawmakers at the state and national level, along with the state Democratic Party, have demanded Fairfax's resignation, but the lieutenant governor has said he will not step down.

Northam said he supports an investigation, but stopped short of calling for Fairfax's resignation.

Beyer tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that Northam has sacrificed too much of his ability to govern.

Many Democrats have since called for Northam to step down, but he's now vowing he'll stay in office.

"I can only imagine that it must take tremendous courage for women to step forward and and talk about these things that are just so hurtful". And the reason I used a very little bit is because, I don't know if anybody's ever tried that, but you can not get shoe polish off, ' he said. I ask that all three of us be respected during this process. Watson said in a statement via her lawyer Saturday night that she would be willing to testify at an impeachment hearing against Fairfax. "There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity", he said.

FILE - Demonstrators hold signs and chant outside the Governor's Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Virginia, Feb. 2, 2019. Fairfax has vehemently denied the allegations. Blah blah blah. I swear, I listen to this guy and it feels like my IQ drops several points as brain cells are killed left and right. But we need somebody who - who cannot only address the wrongs of the past, but take Virginia into the future. Ms. Watson stands ready, although it will be painful, to tell the Virginia Legislature what Mr. Fairfax did to her when she was 20 years old.

Ralph Northam is also in hot water after a photo in his medical school yearbook surfaced featuring one man wearing blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan robes. He denies he's in the photo, but has admitted to wearing blackface as part of a Michael Jackson costume that same year.

The Post reports that Northam seemed "chastened and subdued" as he recalled the past week of recognizing his personal failures upon the racist photo's release.



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