Em­bat­tled Vir­ginia gover­nor: ‘I’m not go­ing any­where’

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - NEWS -

RICHMOND, VA. >> Demo­cratic Vir­ginia Gov. Ralph Northam con­sid­ered re­sign­ing amid a scan­dal that he once wore blackface, but the pe­di­atric neu­rol­o­gist said Sun­day that he’s “not go­ing any­where” be­cause the state “needs some­one that can heal” it.

Northam said on CBS’ “Face the Na­tion” that it’s 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.”

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