Governor Northam digs himself further into hole in new interview

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"It's obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do", he said in an interview with The Washington Post on Saturday.

He added, "Right now, Virginia needs someone that can heal".

The poll also found that 11 percent of Virginia residents have either worn blackface or known someone who has. But the Legislature is swirling with questions about lines of succession and the political fallout for Democrats should the governor, lieutenant governor or attorney general leave office, willingly or not.

Several of the state's top Democrats, including U.S. Sen.

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.

Mr. Samirah, a dentist, is running against Republican Greg Nelson and independent candidate Connie Haines Hutchinson in what will be the Democrats' first test since the scandals began to pile up. Although the party has taken an nearly zero-tolerance approach to sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era, a housecleaning in Virginia could be costly: If all three Democrats resigned, Republican state House Speaker Kirk Cox would become governor. Fairfax has maintained the allegations against him are not true.

Ms. Watson also is considering involving police in North Carolina, where the alleged attack took place in 2000 and where there is no statute of limitations for any felony crimes, including rape and sexual assault. The Virginia Democratic Party has called on Fairfax to resign, and one Democratic Virginia legislator says he will introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax if a resolution on the issue is not reached this week. "Please, please, please remove me from any future emails about him please, Thank you!"

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He called on "all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI", to investigate the claims.

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".

"First of all what I plan to to make sure that we have sensitivity training - in our Cabinet, in our agencies". Steve Newman, the Senate's pro tem, serve as both a voting senator and temporary lieutenant governor. Northam said Sunday that he won't resign.

Twitter, however, wasn't impressed by Northam's progress so far.

Attorney General Mark Herring said he, too, had donned blackface.

Instead, Northam, in his first one-on-one interview since the scandal broke last week, says he will finish out his term, where he will "pursue an agenda of racial reconciliation and 'equity, '" reports Fortune magazine. It will be very positive and you know we have a number of inequities in this country right now and in Virginia.