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VA Delegate Pauses On Fairfax Impeachment, For Now

12 February 2019

He added, "That's why I'm not going anywhere".

Virginia Governir Ralph Northam and his wife Pam leave the funeral of fallen Virginia State Trooper Lucas B. Dowell on February 9 in Chilhowie, Virginia. 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.

Despite the statewide chaos in Virginia, Northam is refusing to resign.

"Well, I was shocked to see it".

Northam's reference to slaves as indentured servants sparked some outrage on social media. Scholars say they were enslaved.

"My God, it just gets worse & worse". Northam, especially, is demanding to position himself as the central figure in a fight against racism because he doesn't want to let go of his power, which is a clear indication that he doesn't understand what role someone who is trying to atone from past acts and learn from their misdeeds can play in that fight.

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The state is in chaos with controversies engulfing the state's top three elected officials.

Attorney General Mark Herring, Mr Northam's deputy, has acknowledged wearing "brown make-up" to a party when he was 19.

On Sunday, a spokeswoman for the lieutenant governor said he was "aggressively exploring options for a thorough, independent, and impartial investigation" of the allegations. Herring - who would become governor if both Northam and Fairfax resign - had previously called on Northam to resign and came forward after rumors about the existence of a blackface photo of him began circulating at the Capitol.

The statement said it was a "premeditated and aggressive" assault and that while Watson and Fairfax had been social friends, they were never involved romantically.

The Democratic governor told Gayle King on CBS' Face the Nation that, "Yes, I have thought about resigning". Beyer said if you believe the women, there is "no choice" but to call for Fairfax's resignation. I said that's not me either.

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He said he would "focus on race and equity" as his "commitment to Virginia" for the next three years.

TR: I ask the same question about the second allegation. After Fairfax called her a liar, she released the statement through the same law firm that represented Blasey Ford. And so this has been a real, I think, an awakening for Virginia.

"I know that sometimes", he said, "it's a case of 'I'm supposed to respond like this, ' and 'this is what's expected of me'".

While all this has been going on, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has been facing pressure to resign after a photograph featuring blackface and a KKK costume was found on his medical school yearbook page. Northam initially said he was in the photo, then denied it the next day, while acknowledging he did wear blackface to a dance party that same year.

Lawmakers on both sides of the political divide have called on him to step down.

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VA Delegate Pauses On Fairfax Impeachment, For Now