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Northam: I’m Not Resigning Because Virginia Needs a Doctor

11 February 2019

"And that's why I'm not going anywhere".

The dean of Virginia's Democratic congressional delegation requested immediate investigations of the women's allegations against Fairfax.

According to Watson's attorneys, former classmates have provided statements corroborating the allegations and that she "immediately told friends that Fairfax had raped her".

Beyer said if you believe the women, there is "no choice" but to call for Fairfax's resignation.

"Almost half of Virginians. say Northam should step down, while the same percentage said he should remain in office", the Hill reports.

"I have passed two full field background checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and run for office in two highly contested elections with nothing like this being raised before", he said. Both of Fairfax's accusers, Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson, announced over the weekend that they would be willing to testify at an impeachment hearing if called upon. On Friday, Watson also came forward, alleging that he assaulted her when they were university students in 2000.

The scandals have become a full-blown crisis for Virginia Democrats.

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.

The disgrace tarnishing the top elected officials could sour voters on Democrats in an election year in which every General Assembly seat is up for grabs, likely helping Republicans hold on to a thin majority.

In excerpts of an interview that aired Sunday, Northam was talking about Virginia's history. "These allegations are horrific, they need to be taken very seriously". In his statement on Saturday, he acknowledges both interactions with the women, but says both instances were consensual. "There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity". Steve Newman, the Senate's pro tem, serve as both a voting senator and temporary lieutenant governor.

After staying out of sight since he faced the press on February 2 to deny he was pictured in the racist photo on his yearbook page, but admitting that he had worn blackface on another occasion, Northam, 59, returned to the public eye to attend the funeral of a slain state trooper. With the top three Democrats all facing backlash, analysts have pointed out that under the Virginia constitution, Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox would be fourth in line to take over as governor if all of them were forced to resign. The governor initially admitted to being one of the individuals pictured, then changed his story, claiming he wasn't in that particular photo but wore blackface as part of a Michael Jackson costume in a dance competition that same year.

Another black lawmaker, who he also declined to name, made a powerful point about white privilege, Northam said: That a white person who makes a mistake gets a second chance, while a black person might not.

From left: Justin Fairfax, Mark Herring and Ralph Northam are seen in Richmond in December 2017.

Northam: I’m Not Resigning Because Virginia Needs a Doctor