Virginia lawmaker backs off fast track for impeachment bill

Arturo Kim
February 12, 2019

Some were also quick to remind her about the recent scandal involving current Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and a racist photo from his medical yearbook. "We have ended the Jim Crow laws, easier access to voting-it is abundantly clear that we still have a lot of work to do and I really think this week raised a level of awareness in the Commonwealth and in this country that we haven't seen certainly in my lifetime".

Northam, 59, said he wants to spend the remaining three years of his term trying to ensure that black Virginians have the same opportunities as whites.

The controversy began when a conservative website earlier this month publicized Northam's page in the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook where a photo of two people - one in blackface and the other in a KKK uniform - holding beers are included with photos of Northam.

He apologized about the yearbook photo, admitted to wearing blackface during a different event - during a dance contest, when he dressed up as Michael Jackson, he said - and said he is committed to learning from his mistakes.

King asked Northam whether he owned the distinctive plaid trousers worn by the person in blackface in the photo in his yearbook. He said the women's allegations are serious and Fairfax should resign if they are true.

He says he'll "focus on race and equity" as his "commitment to Virginia" for the next three years.

Virginia's Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam considered resigning amid a scandal that he once wore blackface, but the pediatric neurologist said Sunday that he's "not going anywhere" because the state "needs someone that can heal" it.

A huge number of Democrats are calling on Northam to resign, and Northam himself has said Fairfax should resign.

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 Cox would become governor.

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Democratic Del. Patrick Hope said he wants to introduce articles of impeachment Monday against Fairfax after two women recently accused the Democrat of sexual assault in the 2000s. I will tell you that later that night I had a chance to step back, take a deep breath, look at the picture and said, "This is not me in the picture, ' " Northam told King.

Embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D.) said he is not resigning because Virginia needs a doctor during a Sunday interview on CBS's "Face the Nation".

Despite the statewide chaos in Virginia, Northam is refusing to resign. "They have doubled-down on a double blackface scandal and a double sexual assault allegation scandal".

"When I was confronted with the images yesterday I was appalled that they appeared on my page", Northam said during a press conference on February 2, "but I believe then and now, that I am not either of the people in that photo".

In a statement released last weekend, Smith said at least two witnesses whom Watson told of the assault "the day after Fairfax raped her" are prepared to testify about her allegation.

It went on to say Fairfax was cooperating in the investigation.

He says the encounters in 2000 and 2004 were consensual, and an attempt to start impeachment proceedings fizzled Monday morning.

"I did not sexually assault Meredith Watson, Vanessa Tyson or anyone else, and the truth will help to confirm that statement", he said.

If Fairfax were to leave, it's unclear who could replace him. Northam may try to appoint a Democrat, while Republicans could mount a legal challenge with the goal of having Sen.

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