Virginia governor says he "overreacted" with initial apology for racist photo

Video Fairfax...It is obvious that a vicious and co-ordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against

Video Fairfax...It is obvious that a vicious and co-ordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against

A Virginia lawmaker is now suggesting he won't move forward Monday with plans to introduce an impeachment bill seeking the ouster of Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

Fairfax has, however, dismissed the allegations by Watson, calling them "unsubstantiated" and "demonstrably false" and demanded a full investigation to "clear my good name".

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

Hope did work on a draft resolution for impeaching Fairfax, and sent it to colleagues over the weekend. Faifax instead called on "all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI, to investigate fully and thoroughly the allegations against me". It is especially important in the most hard of times that we pay attention to our fundamental Constitutional values.

Increasing the controversy surrounding top Democrats in Virginia further, the state's Attorney General Mark Herring preemptively revealed that he had previously worn black face as a teenager when he dressed as a rapper for a party.

And finally, Northam also weighs in on LG Justin Fairfax, saying that "If these accusations are determined to be true, I don't think he's going to have any other option but to resign". 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.

In 2017, the Virginia city of Charlottesville hosted an alt-right rally which saw a neo-Nazi ram his auto into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and wounding 28. "There's no better person to do that than a doctor", Northam said. "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".

He told King that despite the calls for him to step down, "I'm not going anywhere".

The scandals have become a full-blown crisis for Virginia Democrats. If they were all to resign over these controversies, Virginia could be led by the Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates, Kirk Cox.

Political considerations will be key to what comes next.

Several of the state's top Democrats, including U.S. Sen.

In a statement on Saturday, Fairfax said his encounters with two women who have accused him of sexual assault were consensual. On Friday, Watson also came forward, alleging that he assaulted her when they were university students in 2000.

Earlier this week, Vanessa Tyson, an associate professor of political science at Scripps College in Claremont, California, alleged Fairfax sexually assaulted her at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.

He's also calling for authorities, including the FBI, to investigate.

"I knew I was, Ms. King, but I didn't realize really the powerful implications of that", he said. "There needs to be verification of basic facts about these allegations".

The moment came after Northam said he contemplated resigning, but believes he can take the Commonwealth "to the next level" if he remains in office.

Gov. Ralph Northam tells @GayleKing: "I have thought about resigning, but I've also thought about what Virginia needs right now".

The dean of Virginia's Democratic congressional delegation requested immediate investigations of the women's allegations against Fairfax. "I really think where we are now, we need to get to the truth". So can he hang on? Steve Newman, the Senate's pro tem, serve as both a voting senator and temporary lieutenant governor.

Meanwhile, the attorney general's future is unknown. Fairfax has asked the FBI to investigate the assault claims against him.

Northam's pledge Sunday to work on healing Virginia's racial divide was his second in as many days.

Northam has been in seclusion all week, using tunnels to shuttle between the mansion and the nearby building where he has an office. "There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity", he said.

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