VA Gov. Northam Vows Not To Resign Amid Blackface Scandal

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Fairfax, a 39-year-old Democrat, won election in November alongside Northam, who has been fighting for his political survival since a 1984 yearbook surfaced that features a racist photo on a page dedicated to him.

In response to Fairfax's denials, Meredith Watson's lawyer released a statement claiming she was also raped by a basketball player and, when she reported the attack to a school administrator, received no assistance.

Fairfax's first accuser, Dr. Vanessa Tyson, alleges that he forced her to perform a sexual act at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.

Fairfax was previously considered as a top replacement for Governor Ralph Northam when past racist photos in his medical school yearbook came to light earlier this month.

Louise Butler, 76, of Richmond, grew up during segregation and was bothered by the Klan costume, which she said brought back memories of violence and discrimination directed at African-Americans before the Civil Rights Movement.

The comments come after a week of turmoil in the commonwealth that one opinion poll shows has residents evenly split over the best course of action for Virginia's top elected officials, and as President Donald Trump and other Republicans weigh in as well. Patrick Hope, said he intends to introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax on Monday if Fairfax hasn't resigned by then.

"I know he wants to rehabilitate his reputation and even his sense of what he called his moral compass", Democratic Representative Don Beyer of Virginia said in a separate interview on "Face the Nation".

Since the discovery of the photo, Attorney General Mark Herring, who had previously been calling for both officials' resignations, has since acknowledged wearing blackface at a college party in 1980.

Watson is the second woman to accuse Fairfax of sexual assault. Krzyzewski said after Saturday night's victory at Virginia. An attorney for Watson says her client also is willing to testify in front of the state legislature if an impeachment hearing takes place.

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"I will clear my good name and I have nothing to hide", Fairfax wrote, and declared: "I will not resign".

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".

"Almost half of Virginians. say Northam should step down, while the same percentage said he should remain in office", the Hill reports.

He called on "all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI", to investigate the claims. Watson allegedly told Adams that the assault happened at a fraternity house: "She said she couldn't speak, but she was trying to get up and he kept pushing her down".

Asked later what Northam meant by saying "medical school and San Antonio", spokeswoman Ofirah Yheskel said he misspoke - that he meant in medical school in San Antonio, where he did his residency.

It's been a pretty bad couple of weeks for Democrats in Virginia.

Other journalists and critics weren't so sure that Northam committed a grand gaffe on Sunday (though no one disputes how much trouble he's created for himself generally).

Virginia Lt. -Gov. Justin Fairfax gavels the session to order at the start of the Senate session at the Capitol in Richmond on Friday.