Northam: I’m Not Resigning Because Virginia Needs a Doctor

Northam: I’m Not Resigning Because Virginia Needs a Doctor

"I say again without reservation: I did not sexually assault or rape Meredith Watson, Vanessa Tyson or anyone else", Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said in the statement. "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".

The poll also found that 11 percent of Virginia residents have either worn blackface or known someone who has. If Northam were to step down, Fairfax would be next in line to become governor. In August 2017 a far-right supporter drove his auto into a crowd of counter protesters, killing one, following a white supremacist rally in the Virginia town of Charlottesville.

Since a second woman came forward Friday with a sexual assault claim against him, the lieutenant governor has been asked to resign by the Democratic Party of Virginia, Sen.

The possibility of all three top-ranked 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 of Delegates, who is next in the line of succession. They also noted she would be able to provide "at least two witnesses whom Ms. Watson told of the assault the day after Fairfax raped her".

The dean of Virginia's Democratic congressional delegation requested immediate investigations of the women's allegations against Fairfax.

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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". "Post-Donald Trump, I think what elected officials are willing to do has changed in some ways".

In spite of calls from him to be 86'd from the political landscape, in his interview with King, which will air on CBS This Morning on Monday- Northam reiterates that he has no plans to resign. Steve Newman, the Senate's pro tem, serve as both a voting senator and temporary lieutenant governor. Fairfax has asked the FBI to investigate the assault claims against him.

Northam told the Washington Post he's asked his cabinet secretaries to come up with specific proposals to begin addressing issues of inequality, such as expanding access to health care, housing and transportation, and to begin reporting those suggestions on Monday.

Northam has been in seclusion all week, using tunnels to shuttle between the mansion and the nearby building where he has an office.

Another black lawmaker, who he also declined to name, made a powerful point about white privilege, Northam said: That a white person who makes a mistake gets a second chance, while a black person might not. "There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity". "To do so, would violate any principles I have of faith that says a person can not change", he told AFP.

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