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Ralph Northam says 'I'm not going anywhere' despite calls to resign

Pastor Lacette Cross speaks during a protest calling for Governor Ralph Northam to resign on Monday
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Shelby Lum Pastor Lacette Cross speaks during a protest calling for Governor Ralph Northam to resign on Monday Credit Shelby Lum
Bennie Garza | 11 February, 2019, 17:43

Fairfax has, however, dismissed the allegations by Watson, calling them "unsubstantiated" and "demonstrably false" and demanded a full investigation to "clear my good name". "They need to be taken seriously".

The NAACP's position is for Northam to resign immediately, a stance shared by the state assembly's powerful Black Caucus.

Earlier this week, Vanessa Tyson, an associate professor of political science at Scripps College in Claremont, California, alleged Fairfax sexually assaulted her at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.

Del. Patrick Hope promised Friday to initiate impeachment articles if Fairfax didn't resign by Monday. "There's no better person to do that than a doctor", Mr. Northam, a physician, said on CBS's "Face the Nation", later adding, "I'm not going anywhere".

Already facing calls to resign over his "blackface" scandal, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam triggered more outrage, mockery and some serious fact-checking, after referring to the first Africans in the United States as "indentured servants".

Virginia's embattled governor insisted he would not resign over a racist yearbook photo, but said the state's lieutenant governor would have to step aside if sexual assault allegations against him were found to be true.

The accusations of racist behavior or sexual assault - hot button issues in a party that has embraced diversity as one of its key messages - targeting the three men have rattled party leadership in a swing state that likely will play a pivotal role in the 2020 USA presidential election. Because it doesn't. To the contrary, every time Northam talks to a reporter, there's a serious risk - if not likelihood - that he'll say something false, absurd, assinine, tone-deaf, clueless and/or racially insensitive (at the minimum). "And that's why I felt so strongly about going in front of the camera on Saturday and clarifying".

Governor Ralph Northam (D-Va.) messed up yet another interview while trying to explain why he won't resign despite the racist photos posted to his college yearbook page and his admission of wearing blackface as part of a Michael Jackson costume. The next-up would be House Speaker Kirk Cox, a Republican.

Northam, who is starting to appear publicly again after spending almost a week in seclusion, addressed the scandals facing his fellow elected officials. Fairfax released a statement on Saturday acknowledging both interactions with the women, but said both instances were consensual. "And this is regardless of party because Northam, of course, is a Democrat", says Dagnes, who has studied and written extensively about political scandals.

If Fairfax were to leave, it's unclear who could replace him.

Fairfax denies both allegations. Northam may try to appoint a Democrat, while Republicans could mount a legal challenge with the goal of getting Senate Pro Tem Steve Newman to serve as both a voting senator and temporary lieutenant governor. "There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity".

Trump tweeted on Sunday about "the double standard" in Virginia, where white officials who've admitted to wearing blackface now stand in judgment over the state's highest ranking African American.

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