Virginia Lieutenant Governor Faces Second Sexual Misconduct Charge

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Last Friday, Northam's history was called into question after a yearbook photo arose on his page showing two people dressed in blackface and a KKK robe.

"I was, and am, proud to be a member of the Class of 1968 of the Virginia Military Institute". That would give the governorship back to the Republicans.

Jane Dailey, a history and law professor at the University of Chicago who has written extensively about race and the Jim Crow era, notes that Virginia has always been an odd contradiction when it comes to racial politics.

Meredith Watson came forward Friday alleging that Fairfax raped her 19 years ago while the two were students at Duke, describing the incident as "premeditated and aggressive" and noting they had been friends at the time in a statement released by her lawyer. All three should go, but they won't.

Nor has the scandal left Virginia Republicans unscathed.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) ― who himself graduated from VMI in 1981 ― faced bipartisan calls for his resignation after the news broke that his medical school yearbook page included a photo of one person in blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan garb. The governor said he was not the man in the picture, but admitted to wearing blackface for a Michael Jackson costume.

This comes days after Dr. Vanessa Tyson accused Fairfax of sexual assault at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, where they both worked. Northam is vowing to start an honest conversation on race to begin to heal Virginia's lingering racial legacy. Photos on pages 82 and 122 each depict a person in blackface.

Northam, fighting to stay in power amid calls from within his own party to resign, is searching for a sympathetic ear.

"Just seeing the second [accusation] come out, even though we had been told there was no one else coming out, tells me this is a pattern of behavior unfit for office", Hope said.

The new allegation immediately brought demands from top Democrats for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign, too. Both Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring campaigned heavily in black areas, and were given entree into many communities by local officials, faith leaders, business owners and regular citizens.

"She was upset", Adams said.

He added: 'I overreacted.

Wise said she felt betrayed by Northam's revelations, particularly because he remained silent about his own past after the events of Charlottesville.

As the old axiom warns: Be careful what you ask for. "And so we're ready to learn from our mistakes".

Shemicia Bowen campaigned for Democrats up and down the ticket. What else do you feel like is not a big deal? It is clear to me that he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Governor,"former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe tweeted Friday after Watson's allegation surfaced".

The governor also said in the interview that he would take "a harder line" on moving the state's Confederate monuments, which have become lightning rods for racial division, from public property into museums.

"Do I think I should support Democrats to the point where I allow certain things that my great grandparents would slap me in the face for letting slide?"

"I will not resign", he said. "I am not a Democrat before I'm an African-American man". He is only the second African-American to ever hold statewide office in Virginia. Wise is already looking ahead to future cycles, where she feels more black women in leadership would help to restore her confidence in the party.

If Fairfax were to leave, there's no consensus on who could replace him. And he said given the national political climate and the country's racist legacy, everyone deserves a second chance.

Virginia state Sen. Tommy Norment. And look at the president and all he has done. He concluded by declaring: "I will not resign".

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