Will Dems lose Virginia governorship? State's top three officials embroiled in scandal

This image shows Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’’s page in his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook.
Eastern Virginia Medical School via AP

He could also become governor if current Gov. Ralph Northam-whose 1984 medical school yearbook page was recently found to feature a photo of one person wearing blackface and a second wearing Ku Klux Klan robes-were to resign. In Northam's response to the picture, he admitted he had painted his face with shoe polish during an ill-conceived Michael Jackson impersonation.

Meanwhile, the Rev. Al Sharpton said in a fiery speech at historically black Virginia Union University that Northam and Herring must step down over their blackface admissions, and the allegations against Fairfax should be investigated thoroughly.

On Feb. 1 a conservative news outlet discovered a photo of two individuals dressed in racist attire on Governor Northams medical school yearbook page from his graduation year 1984.

"The governor really faces a hard choice". The party might be loath to oust the three for fear of handing the governor's office over to the Republican legislative leader who is next in line.

Herring was among the Virginia public officials who called for Northam's resignation.

Wilkinson Walsh just successfully weathered allegations of sexual assault against a prominent public figure.

Tyson described herself as a "proud Democrat", whose only interest was to refute the "falsehoods and aspersions of my character", she wrote. He said that the accuser offered "a very compelling and detailed statement of a serious, serious charge", while Fairfax has given "a very unequivocal denial".

That would leave attorney general Mark Herring, a prominent Democrat who had called for Northam's resignation, and was widely expected to run for governor himself in 2021.

"In 1980, when I was a 19-year-old undergraduate in college, some friends suggested we attend a party dressed like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurtis Blow, and perform a song", he said. The debacle could play into the hands of Republicans in the state.

"Democrats at the top are killing the Great State of Virginia", Trump said on Twitter, saying, "If the three failing pols were Republicans, far stronger action would be taken".

Four hundred years ago, in August 1619, the slave ship White Lion moored at Point Comfort on the James River in Virginia and deposited its human cargo, the first enslaved Africans brought to what would become the United States.

If all three Democrats stepped down, Republicans would take over the state's top offices.

He promised to start an honest conversation about race and how to heal the lingering wounds of Virginia's painful past.

State Sen. Barbara Favola, a Democrat, showed signs of weariness when asked about the new allegations Wednesday.

"Vanessa has always been forthright and matter of fact with me about all things and was no different in regards to this incident", the friend's statement read, "I trust her beyond measure and know how this incident haunted and traumatized her because she told me so and because I know her well and could hear the anguish in her voice".

Mr Herring would be next in line to be governor after Mr Fairfax. But Leigh-Davis said both were adults, and pointed to a double-standard between the treatment of young white men and young black men, or children.

Professor Tyson has hired Katz Marshall & Banks to represent her in the matter, a firm that most of us last saw representing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in the Kavanaugh hearings, dutifully shepherding her through the traumatic experience of testifying about her attack to the Senate Judiciary Committee before the Senate ignored everything she said because a belligerent drunk told them to.

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