Em­bat­tled gover­nor digs in to keep of­fice

The Mercury News - - News - By Fenit Ni­rap­pil

Vir­ginia Gov. Ralph Northam, D, de­fends his abil­ity to lead and heal the state’s racial wounds in his first on-cam­era in­ter­view since the rev­e­la­tion of a racist photo that threat­ens to de­rail this gov­er­nor­ship.

“Right now, Vir­ginia needs some­one that can heal. There’s no bet­ter per­son to do that than a doc­tor,” Northam says in an in­ter­view with jour­nal­ist Gayle King, ex­cerpts of which were aired at the start of CBS’ “Face the Na­tion” on Sun­day.

“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 says in the in­ter­view, which will air in full Mon­day on “CBS This Morn­ing.”

Northam’s com­ments echo those he made in a Sat­ur­day in­ter­view with The Wash­ing­ton Post, where he vowed to de­vote the rest of his gov­er­nor­ship to ad­vanc­ing racial eq­uity in the one-time heart of the Con­fed­er­acy.

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