Virginia's Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax calls on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to open a probe into the sexual assault allegations against him. Northam said Sunday that he won't resign. "They need to be taken seriously".
President Donald Trump has weighed in on the controversy with several tweets.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has vowed he is "not going anywhere" despite calls for him to resign after admitting he had worn blackface. He vowed this weekend in the interview with CBS and with the Washington Post on Saturday that he'll finish his four-year term in office and use the time to pursue an agenda of racial reconciliation.
In 2017, the Virginia city of Charlottesville hosted an alt-right rally which saw a neo-Nazi ram his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and wounding 28.
He added, "That's why I'm not going anywhere". Although the party has taken an nearly zero-tolerance approach to misconduct among its members in this #MeToo era, a housecleaning in Virginia could be costly: If all three Democrats resigned, Republican state House Speaker Kirk Cox would become governor. "Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage and who has a moral compass", Northam said. "But he sacrificed so much of his ability to govern effectively". Northam has denied that he is one of two men shown on his yearbook page, backtracking an earlier admission. The governor claimed he's not either of the people in that photo, but then admitted he once put shoe polish on his face for a Michael Jackson costume.
Virginia Gov. Northam on whether the commonwealth's Attorney General Mark Herring should resign over blackface scandal: "I regret that our attorney general is in this position".
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Fairfax, who is African-American, has said that encounters with both women were consensual.
Northam told CBS it must have taken tremendous courage for the women to come forward, and that he supported Fairfax's call for an investigation.
There is also a clear divide along party lines, with 57 percent of Democrats in the state still backing the governor. Fairfax has asked the FBI to investigate the assault claims against him.
Democratic Del. Patrick Hope had said he wanted to introduce articles of impeachment Monday against Fairfax after two women recently accused the Democrat of sexual assault in the 2000s.
Meanwhile the Republican party in Virginia has also been hit by its own blackface scandal after it emerged that Virginia Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment edited a 1968 college publication containing slurs and blackface photos. Virginia is among a handful of states electing lawmakers this year, and Democrats had hoped to flip the Republican-controlled General Assembly. "I want to stand here in that truth and restate that my truth, as well as the truth of Dr. Tyson and Ms. Watson, should be fully investigated and thoroughly assessed", Fairfax's statement said, also calling on the FBI to "investigate fully and thoroughly the allegations against me".