Gov. Northam Is Finding Himself Increasingly Alone In Once-Supportive Virginia

Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia speaks during a press conference next to his wife Pam in Richmond Va. Feb. 2 2019. Northam facing pressure from his own party to resign said Saturday Feb. 2 2019 he would not quit and denied that he appeared in Ku

Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia speaks during a press conference next to his wife Pam in Richmond Va. Feb. 2 2019. Northam facing pressure from his own party to resign said Saturday Feb. 2 2019 he would not quit and denied that he appeared in Ku

Top Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly also urged Northam to step down, as did many declared and potential Democratic presidential candidates. We hope that's what the governor does. "The hatred, the bigotry, the politics that is tearing this country apart that's not the United States of America that people love", Northam said then. Northam reportedly spent all day Sunday taking advice from close confidants who were "mixed" on the subject of resignation, according to The Hill.

"Governor Northam has served the people of the Commonwealth faithfully for many years, but the events of the past 24 hours have inflicted huge pain and irrevocably broken the trust Virginians must have in their leaders".

This comes over mounting pressure to resign after a racist photo surfaced on Friday from his 1984 medical school yearbook page of someone in blackface and another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

Asked by reporters about the possibility of removing Northam from office, Cox said there is "rightful hesitation". "I believe now that I am not either of the people in that photo", Northam added.

Should Northam, a Democrat, ultimately step down, Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax would become the second black governor in the South since Reconstruction.

Northam said he recalled - and regretted - using shoe polish to darken his face to dress up as pop star Michael Jackson in 1984 for a dance contest in San Antonio, Texas.

Fairfax, 39, who is in line to succeed Northam and become only the fifth African-American to serve as governor of a US state, dating back to the post-Civil War era of Reconstruction, said he was not sure what Northam's next move would be.

"We have a leader that's not listening to us", protester Tracey Cortder said.

Then came the publication of photos from Northam's 1984 yearbook page, and the entire Democratic Party establishment joined the campaign to force Northam out of office.

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Whew! For a minute there we were concerned that the Governor of Virginia was a piece of crap AND a racist.

The state government was thrown into confusion by the scandal on what was already one of the legislature's busiest days of the session, with the House and Senate each seeking to complete legislation to send to the other chamber.

The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus declared that Northam "still does not understand the seriousness of his actions".

"I believe the governor has to make a decision that's in the best interest of the commonwealth of Virginia", Fairfax told reporters at the capitol.

Anyway, the deal is that Governor Northam isn't a racist anymore.

On Saturday, he said: 'I intend to continue doing the business of Virginia.

Northam, a veteran and pediatrician, won election in 2017 as part of a broad Democratic wave. It issued a statement after the press conference to "amplify our call for the governor to resign".

During an interview Wednesday morning on WTOP, Northam discussed Virginia's HB 2491 bill, which would allow a doctor to perform an abortion when a woman is about to give birth.

Northam also addressed the fact that in another yearbook, from the Virginia Military Institute in 1981, his nickname was listed as "coonman". Northam should resign from his position and mend the divisions of trust that these events opened up. He stopped short of calling for Northam's departure but said he "cannot condone actions" from Northam's past that "suggest a comfort with Virginia's darker history of white supremacy, racial stereotyping and intimidation".

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