Ralph Northam says 'I'm not going anywhere' despite calls to resign

Ralph Northam says 'I'm not going anywhere' despite calls to resign

And that's why I am not going anywhere. And two sexual assault allegations have surfaced against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

Fairfax was accused by two women of sexual assault, including rape by one of the women. A public relations firm representing Watson provided The Associated Press with a 2016 email exchange with a female friend and 2017 text exchanges in which Watson said Fairfax had raped her.

Northam's assertion defies the condemnations issued recently by prominent Virginian politicians on both sides of the aisle - many of whom have also called on Fairfax, who is black, to step down for very different reasons.

Herring would become governor should both Northam and Fairfax step down.

Louise Butler, 76, of Richmond, grew up during segregation and was bothered by the Klan costume, which she said brought back memories of violence and discrimination directed at African-Americans before the Civil Rights Movement. Fairfax has denied the allegations.

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 us senators - Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, also both Democrats - and several potential Democratic presidential hopefuls. "These allegations are horrific, they need to be taken very seriously".

In an interview that aired Monday on "CBS This Morning", Northam also referred to enslaved Africans as "indentured servants from Africa" before acknowledging that such a practice was slavery.

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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.

"It is obvious that a vicious and co-ordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against me", he said in a statement. He said Saturday he heard from Tyson after their encounter and he knew Watson after their encounter, and he said neither ever "said or otherwise indicated that our interaction was not consensual or caused her any discomfort". Steve Newman, the Senate's pro tem, serve as both a voting senator and temporary lieutenant governor.

The possibility of all three top-ranked leaders of Virginia's executive branch having to resign raised the prospect of Democrats losing the governorship to the Republican Speaker of the state House of Delegates, who is next in the line of succession.

Virginia slid deeper into crisis on Wednesday, when Attorney General Mark Herring acknowledged wearing blackface at a college party in 1980, and Fairfax was publicly accused of sexual assault for the first time.

"He's been a good governor, and he's been good, as far as I know, to black people", Butler said.

Consider: In just 10 days, Gov. Ralph Northam has admitted to being in the racist photo - then denied it, then admitted to wearing blackface on a separate occasion.

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