Ralph Northam says 'I'm not going anywhere' despite calls to resign
- Author: Jon Douglas Feb 12, 2019,
Feb 12, 2019, 0:58
Northam has been ignoring widespread calls to resign after a photo of a man in blackface standing next to someone in Ku Klux Klan robes surfaced in his 1984 medical school yearbook. The scandals have eroded voters' faith in the party to put forward good candidates, and any perceived racial disparities in consequences for the three officials may cause further harm, he said.
He is among the top three Democrats in the state who have been rocked by scandal in the past couple of weeks.
The allegations against Fairfax have placed Democrats in an uncomfortable position: They are attempting to push a rising African-American star out of office while a white governor and attorney general accused of racism may remain. 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.
Northam said Fairfax would have to step aside if sexual assault allegations against him were found to be true.
Northam told "CBS This Morning" that slaves who landed on the shores of Virginia centuries ago were "indentured servants". This prompted the two women who have accused Fairfax of assault to say they'd be willing to testify in any impeachment proceedings.
Northam also added to CBS that the first time he had seen the photo was after it had surfaced on February 1. Herring - who would become governor if both Northam and Fairfax resign - had previously called on Northam to resign and came forward after rumors about the existence of a blackface photo of him began circulating at the Capitol. The polling was conducted before the second sexual allegation against Fairfax.
Fairfax, meanwhile, insists that his experiences with the women were consensual. A public relations firm representing Watson provided The Associated Press with a 2016 email exchange with a female friend and 2017 text exchanges in which Watson said Fairfax had raped her. Now, many lawmakers are calling for his resignation. Del.
"I was born in white privilege and that has implications to it", Northam said.
Asked Sunday for his opinion on his subordinates, Northam told CBS it's up to them to decide whether they want to stay.
Lawmakers on both sides of the political divide have called on him to step down.
And right now Virginia needs someone that can heal. Fairfax has vehemently denied the claims and called for authorities, including the FBI, to investigate.
Northam (D) and Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) are embroiled in separate controversies after having admitted to wearing blackface in the 1980s, but neither faces the threat of impeachment.
"Well, again, we have worked very hard".
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.