Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Told His Staff He's Not Leaving

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Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), and former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe were among the first.

The woman who came forward to accuse Fairfax on Friday said in a statement that he attacked her when they were students at Duke University in North Carolina.

"I'm here to pass a budget today", he added when pressed as he headed into a Republican Caucus meeting in late morning. It is demonstrably false.

Less than a week ago Fairfax had been tipped to become the next governor of Virginia after Northam faced near universal calls to resign after it emerged that there was a racist picture on his medical school yearbook page.

The improbable scenario of the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general being forced to resign en masse has raised the prospect of the Democrats losing the governorship to a Republican without an election.

All week, Democrats and Republicans have been treading carefully regarding Tyson's allegation, unsure what to believe because Tyson offered no corroborating evidence.

"That revelation, exacerbated by a confused explanation, culminated in almost every elected Virginia Democrat calling for the Governor's resignation within 48 hours", Petersen wrote. That pressure has tapered off as a cascade of scandals involving top politicians has rocked the state.

"On Wednesday, Fairfax's first accuser, Dr. Vanessa Tyson, went public with her allegation, claiming the Lt. governor sexually assaulted her during the 2004 Democrat National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts".

Fairfax has denied Watson's allegations, claiming there is a "smear campaign" targeting him.

Then state attorney general Mark Herring admitted to a blackface episode in 1980 while he was aged 19 in college.

"I have never appeared in blackface", said state House Speaker Kirk Cox.

"Gov. Northam's refusal to resign for his bigotry is a symptom".

"I think it dredges up very hurtful, painful things from the past".

"I wish her no harm or humiliation, nor do I seek to denigrate her or diminish her voice".

"I will not request the Governor's resignation", State Sen. Petersen's Democratic-leaning district includes Fairfax and Vienna. In addition, a classmate, Kaneedreck Adams, reportedly has told the Washington Post that Watson came to him in tears and said Fairfax had raped her.

The N-word is used at least once.

At the start of the week, Cox said there was little appetite among lawmakers to remove Northam through impeachment, saying resignation "would obviously be less pain for everyone".

Northam and his team are going the obvious, pandering route to fix his image.

Fairfax's spokeswoman, Lauren Burke, said "we're calling for an investigation on all of these matters". Under Massachusetts law, the statute of limitations is 15 years for rape and several related crimes, an interval that would expire this summer for the woman's accusation.

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