VA Delegate Pauses On Fairfax Impeachment, For Now

Tuesday, 12 Feb, 2019

"Virginia needs someone that can heal", Northam said in the interview.

A Virginia delegate who threatened to introduce articles of impeachment against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax amid sexual assault allegations has hit pause, saying in a tweet that "additional conversation" is needed before anything is filed.

Democratic Virginia members of the US Congress insisted on Sunday that state governor Ralph Northam can not remain in office after admitting that he wore blackface as a young man. Days later, a second woman, Meredith Watson, accused Fairfax of raping her while they were students at Duke in 2000.

Historians say Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wrongly used the term "indentured servants" when referring to the first Africans to arrive in what is now Virginia.

He maintains that the sex with the women was consensual and he is the victim of a political "smear".

A statement released by Watson's attorneys said both she and "at least two witnesses whom Ms. Watson told of the assault the day after Fairfax raped her" are prepared to testify about her allegation.

A Washington Post-Schar School poll, which only asked about Tyson's allegation, found most were still undecided about the accusation, with 65 percent saying they didn't know enough to judge Fairfax's denial of the accusation.

"It is especially important in the most hard of times that we pay attention to our fundamental Constitutional values", the statement continues.

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However, Northam then went on to claim that he was not, in fact, either of the people in the photo and refused to step down amid growing calls for his resignation. Tim Kaine and almost the state's entire Democratic congressional delegation, among others. "That's why I'm not going anywhere".

The first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Old Point Comfort, what we call now Fort Monroe, and while - " Northam said on the show.

He says he'll "focus on race and equity" as his "commitment to Virginia" for the next three years.

Northam told "CBS This Morning" in an interview broadcast Monday that he was "in a state of shock" and mistakenly took responsibility for the image of a man in blackface and a man in a Ku Klux Klan outfit because he had never seen it before, even though it was on his yearbook page. Attorney General Mark Herring said he, too, had donned blackface. "If I had it to do over I would step back and take a deep breath". Northam denied being in that picture but admitted to dressing in blackface for a social event that same year. But he made no public comments.

The possibility of all three top leaders of Virginia's executive branch having to resign raised the prospect of Democrats losing the governorship to the Republican speaker of the state House, who is next in the line of succession. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, and Elizabeth Warren of MA.

"Fairfax should have already resigned".

If Fairfax were to leave, it's unclear who could replace him as lieutenant governor. Steve Newman, the Senate's pro tem, serve as both a voting senator and temporary lieutenant governor.

Northam was roundly attacked for his reaction to the yearbook revelation: a confused sequence that saw him first admit, then deny, appearing in the photo, only to apologize instead for wearing blackface on another occasion while imitating the late Michael Jackson.