Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

‘I’m not going anywhere’: Virginia Gov

‘I’m not going anywhere’: Virginia Gov

"It's obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do", he said in an interview with The Washington Post on Saturday. "I want to heal that pain, and I want to make sure that all Virginians have equal opportunity...and I think I'm the person that can do that for Virginia". "Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage, and who has a moral compass, and that's why I'm not going anywhere".

Many Democrats who had carefully withheld judgment after the first accusation against Fairfax, saying the matter needed to be investigated, immediately condemned him.

"Ms. Watson stands ready, although it will be painful, to tell the Virginia Legislature what Mr. Fairfax did to her when she was 20 years old", Nancy Erika Smith, Ms. Watson's lawyer, said in a statement.

Part of the issue may be that Northam is not the only prominent Democrat in Virginia state government to be hit with allegations of misbehavior.

Virginia's embattled governor insisted he will not resign over a racist yearbook photo, but he said the state's lieutenant governor would have to step aside if sexual assault allegations against him are found to be true.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat, held off from directly calling for Fairfax's resignation.

Another possibility: Fairfax simply hangs on as he disputes the allegations.

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.

Delegate Patrick Hope, a Democrat who represents Arlington, said he will introduce articles of impeachment because Mr. Fairfax "can no longer fulfill his duties to the commonwealth".

One of the women, Vanessa Tyson, said in a statement earlier this week that at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Fairfax "put his hand behind my neck and forcefully pushed my head towards his crotch", and said that he "forced his penis into my mouth". "Lieutenant-Governor Fairfax has suggested and called for an investigation, I strongly support that".

The woman, identified as Meredith Watson, claims Fairfax raped her in 2000 when they were both students at Duke University in North Carolina. "I really think where we are now, we need to get to the truth".

Northam has pledged to remain in office despite public pressure. Northam may try to appoint a Democrat, while Republicans could mount a legal challenge with the goal of getting Senate Pro Tem Steve Newman to serve as both a voting senator and temporary lieutenant governor.

In other news, is Ralph Northam really at the point already where he feels comfortable commenting on OTHER PEOPLES' issues with racist "blackface?"

The Virginia Democrat spoke with CBS News about a racism scandal that's engulfing his nascent administration, and said he had learned much about white privilege and race since the scandal erupted.

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