Virginia freshman Democrats lead call for Northam to resign
- Author: Rogelio Becker Feb 03, 2019,
Feb 03, 2019, 2:02
The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, the Virginia House and Senate Democrats and the Democratic Party of Virginia all called for Northam's outster and for him to hand over the governorship to Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.
The Democrat issued an apology yesterday after the photo of him was discovered in his 1984 yearbook from Eastern Virginia Medical School.
The Virginian-Pilot newspaper tweeted a picture of the page which it said it obtained from the medical school library. The photo, one of several on a page dedicated to Northam, shows two people posing - one in blackface wearing a hat, bow tie and plaid trousers; the other in a Ku Klux Klan robe.
Zeldin (R) said that the photo in Northam's yearbook has no place in politics, and that the governor should "go away".
I am deeply sorry.
While Fairfax did not explicitly call for the Northam's resignation - several other lawmakers, including multiple 2020 presidential candidates, have done so since the photo emerged - he said he couldn't "condone the actions from his past".
Northam admitted he was in the photo in a statement last night, he apologized, but then released a video later in the evening that was very clear: he wasn't resigning. Beneath the photo is a write-up about Northam listing his alma mater, noting that his interest is paediatrics and giving a quote: "There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world so I think I'll have another beer".
"I intend to continue doing the business of Virginia", he said, adding that resigning would be the easier way out.
Democratic presidential contenders Sen.
Northam is calling Virginia Democrats to try and gain support.
His refusal to resign signals a potential bruising fight between Northam and his former supporters.
Northam was scheduled to speak publicly Saturday afternoon. Those former classmates said they believed numerous pictures in the yearbook were mixed up.
He was then asked by a reporter to attempt the dance and appeared to survey the room briefly for space to perform, before his wife told him it would not be appropriate.
The other individual is wearing a makeshift white hood and robe in the style of the Ku Klux Klan.
As the photo bounced around the internet Friday, both local and national politicians rushed to denounce Northam.
On Friday, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus said in a statement that the yearbook photos "rip the scabs of an excruciatingly painful history and are a piercing reminder of this nation's sins".
Others said there was no question he should step down.
Two African-American senators and would-be nominees, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California, joined the calls. Elaine Luria and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia; the NAACP and Planned Parenthood.
CNN may have just made a mistake, but the KKK blackface photo is a major scandal for Democrats in Virginia and painting Northam as a Republican seems a heinous form of damage control for a network that consistently slants Left.
Northam won a tight gubernatorial race in 2017 over Republican contender Ed Gillespie, who he accused of racism and bigotry for supporting Trump's immigration reform agenda.
"It's a matter of relationships and trust".