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Embattled Virginia leader wants to focus on racial equity

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Andrew Cummings | 11 February, 2019, 02:02

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

She said both women who have accused Fairfax have given credible stories, as well as Democratic activists helping them as well.

Fairfax emphatically denied the new allegation, as he did the first one, leveled earlier this week by Vanessa Tyson, a California college professor who said Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex on him at a Boston hotel in 2004.

Ralph Northam, during a campaign stop at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in 2017, is facing calls to resign after a picture showing him in blackface or a KKK outfit emerged on February 1, 2019. 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).

On Friday, Patrick Hope, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, told CNN that he has begun the process of drafting articles of impeachment against Fairfax and is prepared to introduce them on Monday if the lieutenant governor does not resign before then. "It's very troubling. I'm happy that other Virginia leaders have called for [Fairfax] to step aside". The state's attorney general, Mark Herring, also has admitted to donning blackface in the past.

Following the allegations against Northam, another scandal arose surrounding his Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax. Northam said in a press conference a week ago, though, that he'd once darkened his skin to take part in a Michael Jackson dance competition. Watson said in a statement via her lawyer Saturday night that she would be willing to testify at an impeachment hearing against Fairfax. In his statement on Saturday, he acknowledges both interactions with the women, but says both instances were consensual.

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"I overreacted", Northam said, referring to the statement he released that took blame for the photo.

He called on "all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI", to investigate the claims.

Northam said he planned to work for the rest of his term to address issues stemming from inequality, including improving access to health care, housing, and transportation. "The first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Old Point Comfort what we call now Fort Monroe", he said. On Sunday he tweeted out: "African Americans are very angry at the double standard on full display in Virginia!"

Asked later what Northam meant by saying "medical school and San Antonio", spokeswoman Ofirah Yheskel said he misspoke - that he meant in medical school in San Antonio, where he did his residency.

Republicans, including Trump, have predicted the scandal plaguing Virginia's top Democratic officials will give them the opportunity to make political gains in a state that's increasingly voted for Democrats in recent elections. The man who wore blackface is leading the charge for this...you just can not make this stuff up. On Friday, the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association removed Fairfax from its leadership ranks, naming officials from DE and Washington state in his place.

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