'State of shock': Virginia governor vows not to resign over racist incident

Second woman accuses Virginia Lieutenant Governor of sexual assault

Second woman accuses Virginia's Lt Governor of sexual assault

The governor's own troubles began when a racist image from his medical school yearbook went public on February 1.

And finally, Northam also weighs in on LG Justin Fairfax, saying that "If these accusations are determined to be true, I don't think he's going to have any other option but to resign".

On FOX 5 On the Hill Sunday, Virginia NAACP Executive Committee Member Phillip Thompson said he thinks Fairfax deserves due process before resigning. "And that's why I'm not going anywhere".

Northam initially apologised for being in the photo then, the following day, staged a freakish press conference where he denied being in that picture but admitted to dressing in blackface for a social event that same year.

Mr Northam was asked why he initially apologised for the photo before backtracking and denying he was either in the picture.

"Well again, we have worked very hard, we've had a good first year, and I'm a leader. I've been in some very difficult situations, life-and-death situations..."

"African Americans are very angry at the double standard on full display in Virginia!"

The allegations against Fairfax have placed Democrats in an uncomfortable position: They are attempting to push a rising African-American star out of office while a white governor and attorney general accused of racism may remain.

- With files from the Associated Press.

Looking ahead, Northam said he has asked his cabinet secretaries to come up with specific proposals to begin addressing issues of inequality, such as expanding access to healthcare, housing and transportation, and to begin reporting suggestions this week.

Ralph Northam said Sunday he has no intention of resigning, despite widespread calls for him to quit because of a racist picture on his personal page in a 1984 medical school yearbook and his use of black face to depict a pop music star.

Second woman accuses Virginia Lieutenant Governor of sexual assault
Second woman accuses Va. Lt. Gov. of sexual assault

GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM: And, you know, while we have made a lot of progress in- in Virginia, slavery has ended, schools have been desegregated.

He said Monday that the records of Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring show "they are different people" than they were when they wore blackface more than three decades ago.

But Northam, she says, has to go.

Yet what about the women who accuse Fairfax of assault?

"It is obvious that a vicious and coordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against me", Fairfax said.

"Fairfax can no longer fulfill his duties", the Democratic caucuses of both the state House and Senate said in a joint statement.

Fairfax has been under pressure from both Republicans and Democrats to step down after two women came forward in the past week to allege he sexually assaulted them in the 2000s.

Virginia Democrats, meanwhile, called on Fairfax to resign after a second woman accused him of sexual assault.

If Fairfax were to leave, there's no consensus on who could replace him.

"Before Donald Trump, I would say with this kind of stuff, it's impossible for a person to just hang on, put their head down and ignore it", said Quentin Kidd, a political science professor at Christopher Newport University.

When it looked like Northam would resign and Fairfax would be sworn in as governor, Tyson posted a message on Facebook that didn't name him, but led to her public outing as his accuser.

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