Scandals Drive Calls for Top Virginia Leadership to Resign

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"It's obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do", Northam said. But he said he's in a position to lead and that "Virginia needs someone that can heal". Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage, and who has a moral compass and that's why I am not going anywhere. Mr. Northam is defying his party's calls for him to step down.

Fairfax also addressed Watson's claim in his statement, saying: "Regarding Ms. Watson, I knew Ms. Watson in college both before and after the encounter, and she never said to me that our interaction was not consensual or caused her any discomfort".

The Washington Post-Schar School poll, conducted Wednesday through Friday, found Virginia's broader population to be split evenly about Northam's fate, with 47 percent wanting him to stay and the same percentage wanting him to resign.

Shortly thereafter Northam made a gaffe when he bragged about the state's 400 year history and King reminded him not to forget that part of that history included spreading slavery to the future United States.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat, held off from directly calling for Fairfax's resignation. With the top three Democrats all facing backlash, analysts have pointed out that under the Virginia constitution, Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox would be fourth in line to take over as governor if all of them were forced to resign.

The dean of Virginia's Democratic congressional delegation requested immediate investigations of the women's allegations against Fairfax. Fairfax has asked the FBI to investigate the assault claims against him.

King interrupted to ask whether Northam had realized before the scandal that he had been born into white privilege.

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Delegate Patrick Hope said over the weekend that he would move forward with the impeachment process if Fairfax did not resign by Sunday night.

"I overreacted", he said, by putting out a statement taking blame for the picture.

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

A second woman, Meredith Watson, has accused Fairfax of rape in 2000. "Post-Donald Trump, I think what elected officials are willing to do has changed in some ways". "Exactly! WTF, Ralph?!? I thought you were "woke" now, having supposedly read "'The Case for Reparations, ' an article in the Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a few chapters of 'Roots, ' by Alex Haley.'" Guess not! Steve Newman, the Senate's pro tem, serve as both a voting senator and temporary lieutenant governor.

Northam also made comments in regards to his apparent willingness to kill babies after birth.

The Virginia Democrat spoke with CBS News about a racism scandal that's engulfing his nascent administration, and said he had learned much about white privilege and race since the scandal erupted. "There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity".

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