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12 February 2019
Embattled Virginia Governor Calls Slaves Indentured Servants

Some were also quick to remind her about the recent scandal involving current Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and a racist photo from his medical yearbook.

"When you're in a state of shock like I was, we don't always think as clearly as we should", Mr Northam said.

But wait, Northam isn't done prattling on: "Virginia needs someone that can heal".

The tumult in Virginia began late last week, with the discovery of the photo on Northam's yearbook profile page that showed someone in blackface standing beside another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

On 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.

"We take the allegations against Justin very seriously", Morrison & Foerster chairman Larren Nashelsky said in a statement to the The National Law Journal.

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

Attorney General Mark Herring has since acknowledged wearing blackface at a college party in 1980. Herring would become governor should both Northam and Fairfax step down.

The possibility of all three top-ranked leaders of Virginia's executive branch having to resign raised the prospect of Democrats losing the governorship to the Republican Speaker of the state House of Delegates, who is next in the line of succession.

"It must take tremendous courage for women to step forward and talk about being the victim of sexual assault", Northam said. Interviewer Gayle King interjected to say "also known as slavery".

Northam faces calls to resign from Democrats at home and in Washington, D.C., as well as from advocacy groups that supported his 2017 election and from about half of Virginians, according to a Post-Schar School poll.

Asked whether Fairfax should resign, Northam said, "That's going to be a decision that he needs to make".

Northam also weighed in on the sexual assault allegations against Democrat Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, allegations that surfaced immediately after Northam's KKK/blackface photo emerged, saying that he's not going to have "any other option but to resign" if the allegations are true.

Attorneys for both Tyson and Watson said in separate statements this weekend that their clients would be willing and prepared to testify at a impeachment hearing against Fairfax.

It went on to say Fairfax was cooperating in the investigation. I said that's not me either. But Fairfax, too, his facing his own controversies at the moment, with two women accusing him of sexual assault.

A lawyer for Meredith Watson, 39, said in a statement that Fairfax raped Watson 19 years ago while they were students at Duke University. Not only that, but Northam is attempting to sell himself to his constituents as the best or even only person to heal the state's racial inequities.

It's unclear who the people in the picture are, but the rest of the page is filled with pictures of Northam and lists his undergraduate alma mater and other information about him.

But amid all this turmoil, there is at least one thing that has not happened: Not one of the three men has bowed to public pressure and resigned. He's a Republican, which is giving the Democratic officerholders another reason to try to keep their positions.