Virginia governor says deputy may need to quit over allegations

Virginia governor says deputy may need to quit over allegations

Virginia governor says deputy may need to quit over allegations

Virginia's embattled governor, Ralph Northam, capped a week of political chaos ignited by racial scandals by vowing to stay in office on Friday, while the fellow Democrat in line to succeed him faced a second accusation of sexual assault.

Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson both said they wanted to publicly face Mr. Fairfax's and refute his claims that the sex was consensual.

Earlier in the week, Vanessa Tyson, a professor of political science at Scripps College, came forward with an allegation that Justin Fairfax had sexually assaulted her in 2004, while they were at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

Senior Democrats have already called on him to resign, including Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Tim Kaine and Elizabeth Warren.

In a CBS interview to be broadcast on Monday, Governor Ralph Northam said he had learned from the controversy that erupted on February 1 when a racist photo surfaced from his medical school yearbook, and that as a former pediatrician he could help Virginians heal.

Gregory Howard, interim dean of theology at Richmond's historically black Virginia Union University, says there's still another point not to miss when thinking about the apologies offered by Northam and Herring.

President Donald Trump has weighed in on the controversy with several tweets. Patrick Hope, said he intends to introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax on Monday if Fairfax hasn't left by then.

He told King that despite the calls for him to step down, "I'm not going anywhere".

He has since denied he was in the picture but admits to wearing blackface at another college party.

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"Well, I'm calling Virginia the Commonwealth of Chaos", Sabato said.

Party elders Sen. Mark Warner and Rep. Bobby Scott said Fairfax should resign if the allegations against him were true. 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.

The allegations come as Virginia's state politics continue to swirl, after Gov. Ralph Northam admitted to and then denied being in a photo showing a person in a Ku Klux Klan outfit and a person in blackface that was on his page in his medical school yearbook.

Smith, said her team had statements from former classmates who said Watson had "immediately" told friends that Fairfax had raped her.

Duke did distribute a statement after the Virginia game, detailing its intent to investigate the claims. He 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.

Other journalists and critics weren't so sure that Northam committed a grand gaffe on Sunday (though no one disputes how much trouble he's created for himself generally).

Boyd, whose group says it represents 109,000 farmers across the country, said on Twitter that he urged the governor not to step down. "That really helped put things in perspective for me to better understand why someone of white privilege has the opportunities that they have when an African-American. doesn't", he said.

As the crisis widened by midweek, Democratic leaders, and black members of the Virginia legislature appeared willing to give both Fairfax and Herring the benefit of the doubt for the time being-in Herring's case, because he apologized personally for wearing blackface.

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