Virginia blackface scandal: Ralph Northam vows to stay as governor


Also on CBS, Representative Don Beyer called Northam's initial admission, and then denials, that he was in a racist photo "very bizarre" and said the governor had lost too much credibility to stay in office.

"Right now, Virginia needs someone that can heal".

Northam said the state "needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage and who has a moral compass".

Northam said the humbling week and the late-in-life conversations about race have made him determined to refocus his governorship, but it seemed plain that he is just beginning to think through what that might mean.

"Frankly, we really want any entity with comprehensive investigative power to thoroughly look into these accusations", Fairfax spokeswoman Lauren Burke said. Yet Rep. Bobby Scott did not join the state's six other Democratic U.S. House members in calling for Fairfax's immediate resignation. In August 2017 a far-right supporter drove his auto into a crowd of counter protesters, killing one, following a white supremacist rally in the Virginia town of Charlottesville.

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.

Mr. Samirah, a dentist, is running against Republican Greg Nelson and independent candidate Connie Haines Hutchinson in what will be the Democrats' first test since the scandals began to pile up.

Although the Democratic Party has taken nearly a zero-tolerance approach to misconduct among its members in this #MeToo era, a housecleaning in Virginia could be costly to them: If all three Democrats resigned, Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox would become governor.

Calls for Fairfax to step aside have come from state House and Senate Democrats, the Legislative Black Caucus, former Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia's two USA senators - Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, also both Democrats - and several potential Democratic presidential hopefuls.

"I don't have any excuses for what I did in my early life", he said.

Attorney Nancy Erika Smith released the statement Saturday night on behalf of Meredith Watson after Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax denied the allegation and called for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other authorities to investigate.

The woman, identified as Meredith Watson, claims Fairfax raped her in 2000 when they were both students at Duke University in North Carolina. "Post-Donald Trump, I think what elected officials are willing to do has changed in some ways". Steve Newman, the Senate's pro tem, serve as both a voting senator and temporary lieutenant governor.

Smith says Watson will provide investigators at least two witnesses who she told about the alleged assault the day after it occurred.

Twitter, however, wasn't impressed by Northam's progress so far.

Northam also made comments in regards to his apparent willingness to kill babies after birth. "And this is regardless of party because Northam, of course, is a Democrat", says Dagnes, who has studied and written extensively about political scandals. On Sunday he tweeted out: "African Americans are very angry at the double standard on full display in Virginia!"