Is the end near for Ralph Northam's governorship?

Is the end near for Ralph Northam's governorship?

Is the end near for Ralph Northam's governorship?

"I believe that I'm in a unique position, obviously, as lieutenant governor, and someone who would have to assume that office in the event that he were to resign".

Pastor Emanuel Harris of Jerusalem Baptist says he finds the photo shocking but isn't ready to call for Gov. Ralph Northam's resignation.

Ralph Northam, engulfed in days of controversy over a racist photo in his medical school yearbook, sought advice from key aides Monday about whether to resign, but gave no public signal that he would accede to widespread demands that he quit as the top official in the coastal Atlantic U.S. state.

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

Lunsford, an 82-year-old Richmond resident, said he was shocked, disappointed and horrified when he saw the photo of a man in blackface and another man in Ku Klux Klan garb on the governor's page in his 1984 yearbook.

"I have zero indication of that", he said. Although the identities of the others present have not been revealed, the Post reports that the meeting involved senior staffers of color.

Northam worshipped Sunday at his home church, the predominantly black First Baptist in Capeville, but otherwise kept out of sight as calls intensified for him to step down.

While not known as a compelling public speaker, Northam has been widely praised for his ability to get things done in a bipartisan manner. Is part of the reason that you're telling him he has to go is that he's proven himself to be incompetent as a standard bearer for Democrats trying to hold on to the middle ground in a swing state?

Mr. Northam's hopes for political survival, Democratic and Republicans officials increasingly believe, are a mounting humiliation for the state, and risk his fellow Democrats' policy ambitions and their aspirations for crucial state elections this year, when all 140 legislative seats will be at stake. Though he spent Friday night preparing to step up as governor, he did not call for Northam to go.

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If Northam does resign, Fairfax will become the second African-American governor in Virginia history. "I have to think about the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia", Fairfax said.

"Yesterday I took responsibility for content that appeared on my page in the Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook that was clearly racist and offensive", said Northam. (His wife audibly dissuaded him from demonstrating the moonwalk for reporters.) Northam has lost the support of his party and the Democratic Governors Association.

He also admitted to appearing in blackface to dress up as Michael Jackson for a dance contest in San Antonio in 1984.

"We stand with Democrats across Virginia and the country calling him to immediately resign". Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., joined their colleagues in calling for Northam to resign in a rare joint statement.

Among the yearbook pictures is Northam posing with three other students with the caption "Most Dignified" and another group shot with the headline "We The People".

McAuliffe faulted Northam's handling of the furor. "Instinctively, you know if you put black paint on your face". "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".

"I winced when I saw that", former Gov. Terry McAuliffe said on CNN. He said he'd never bought or looked at the yearbook before Friday, was in the military during school, and was doing rotations, so didn't participate in the publication. We have to close that chapter. Virginia is a competitive state that leans Democratic.

Northam stood his ground in calls to old friends and colleagues Saturday night, saying he meant to stay and fight, according to three people who received those calls.

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