Gover­nor: ‘I’m not go­ing any­where’

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - NATION & WORLD -

Demo­cratic Gov. Ralph Northam con­sid­ered re­sign­ing amid a scan­dal that he once wore black­face, but he said Sun­day he’s “not go­ing any­where” be­cause the state “needs some­one that can heal” it. Northam made the com­ments on CBS’ “Face the Na­tion,” say­ing it had been a dif­fi­cult week since a racist photo in his 1984 med­i­cal school year­book sur­faced, show­ing a per­son wear­ing black­face next to a sec­ond per­son wear­ing a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe. Northam ini­tially said he had ap­peared in the photo and apol­o­gized. The next day, how­ever, he de­nied be­ing in the photo, while ac­knowl­edg­ing that he had worn black­face to a dance party that same year.

“Vir­ginia needs some­one that can heal. There’s no bet­ter per­son to do that than a doc­tor,” Northam said. “Vir­ginia also needs some­one who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage and who has a moral com­pass. And that’s why I’m not go­ing any­where.”

Northam’s po­lit­i­cal tur­moil comes as the two other top Democrats in the state face their own scan­dals, with al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault against Lt. Gov. Justin Fair­fax — Northam’s suc­ces­sor if the gover­nor were to re­sign — and At­tor­ney Gen­eral Mark Her­ring ac­knowl­edg­ing he wore black­face at a party in 1980.

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