Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax's staff members resign after sexual assault allegations

Video Fairfax...It is obvious that a vicious and co-ordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against

Video Fairfax...It is obvious that a vicious and co-ordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against

Also Saturday, Northam made his first official public appearance since he denied being in the photo, attending the funeral for a state trooper killed in a shootout.

He, too, said he still wanted an investigation, saying the General Assembly needs to hear from the two women, Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson. "There's no better person to do that than a doctor".

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.

Northam, a pediatric neurologist, said that he considered quitting, but has decided he's "not going anywhere" because the state "needs someone that can heal" it. "And I also had a number of friends and classmates from medical school that called and said, 'Ralph that is not you" and that was comforting as well".

The Democratic governor told Gayle King on CBS' Face the Nation that, "Yes, I have thought about resigning".

"It's obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do", he said.

Northam said in a statement Monday that a historian recently advised him to use the "indentured servant" term. "Before slavery truly became institutionalized in the colonies, some Africans were sometimes treated more like indentured servants who were freed once their service ended or debt had been paid", the National Museum of African American History & Culture said.

Here's the nuance: Enslaved Africans first arrived in Virginia in 1619.

The Northam episode, he said, has shown "that Sweet Old Dixie is still around" - a nickname for the Southern states of the Confederate era.

But Hope remained steadfast in his calls for Fairfax to resign following the allegations raised on Friday by a second woman who claims Fairfax sexually assaulted her. Hope said he was "absolutely horrified" by the accusations and said he believes "both of these fearless women". Fairfax has said encounters with his accusers in 2000 and 2004 were consensual and has asked the FBI to investigate.

Embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is blaming his white privilege on recent accusations of racism. And two sexual assault allegations have surfaced against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

"I will tell you that later that night I had a chance to step back, take a deep breath, look at the picture and said, 'This is not me in the picture'". "I regret that our attorney general is in this position", said the governor.

"I know that sometimes", he said, "it's a case of 'I'm supposed to respond like this, ' and 'this is what's expected of me'". Next in line after those three Democrats would be Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates Kirk Cox.

As for taking Virginia to the "next level", that's basically a meaningless/trite cliche, but I will say one thing positive: IF Ralph Northam is serious about racial reconcilation, equity and justice, and IF he devotes himself wholeheartedly to these things during whatever time he remains governor, PERHAPS some good can come out of this nightmare.

A new Washington Post-Schar School poll found Virginians were evenly split on whether Northam should step down, but black voters were more inclined to forgive him. And majority did not know enough about Fairfax's response to the allegations to feel strongly about it.

Northam's attempts to make amends have yet to shift Democratic demands for his resignation.

According to Watson's attorneys, former classmates have provided statements corroborating the allegations and that she "immediately told friends that Fairfax had raped her". "And I think he's lost the confidence of the people in order to be able to do that", said Wexton, one of three Democrats who flipped GOP-held House seats in Virginia in November.

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