Virginia Lieutenant Governor Faces Second Sexual Misconduct Charge

Monday, 11 Feb, 2019

They need to be taken seriously. This all began last Friday when Northam's 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook page featured a photo with two people in racist costumes. And you know if you look at Virginia's history we are now at the 400 year anniversary, just 90 miles from here in 1619. "And that's why I'm not going anywhere".

Later on Friday, the governor issued a statement to government employees saying, "You have placed your trust in me to lead Virginia forward-and I plan to do that". "But he sacrificed so much of his ability to govern effectively".

Attorneys for a woman who has accused Virginia's embattled lieutenant governor of sexual assault say their client is "prepared to testify at impeachment proceedings and to cooperate with law enforcement in any investigation".

Almost 60 percent of African-Americans in Virginia want Gov. Ralph Northam to remain in office despite the recent scandal surrounding a racist photo on the Democrat's 1984 medical school yearbook page, according to a poll released Saturday.

Northam initially admitted to being in the photo and apologized.

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

The player's name was not released nor was the name of the school administrator.

"I can not believe, given my obvious distress, that Mr. Fairfax thought this forced sexual act was consensual". Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), and former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe were among the first.

"I have learned from this", he said.

Those rebuttals have not satisfied fellow Democrat Patrick Hope, a state delegate who has promised to introduce articles of impeachment when lawmakers reconvene Monday.

He called on "all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI", to investigate the claims.

There are ongoing inequities to access to things like education, health care, mortgages, capital, entrepreneurship.

"Our American values don't just work when it's convenient - they must be applied at the most hard of times", he said. There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity.

It's been a pretty bad couple of weeks for Democrats in Virginia. The man who wore blackface is leading the charge for this...you just can not make this stuff up. Responding to an invitation from Brown to attend a fundraiser for Fairfax's campaign for lieutenant governor, Watson wrote: "Molly, Justin raped me in college and I don't want to hear anything about him".

But according to the new poll, 47 percent of Virginians believe the governor should remain in office while and equal percentage believe he should step down.

In his comments to CBS, Northam stopped short of joining the growing chorus of leading Democrats saying that Fairfax needs to quit his post. Support was higher for Northam among black residents, who by a margin of 58 percent to 37 percent said he should serve out his term. Whites are more evenly divided.

After a week hunkered down in virtual seclusion under mounting pressure to resign, Northam indicated in an email message on Friday to state employees that he planned to keep his post.