If Mr. Northam does finally resign, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who’s black, would turn out to be the state’s governor. Mr. Fairfax broke his silence after the governor’s information convention, however didn’t instantly urge him to keep or go, saying in a press release that “we must make decisions in the best interests of the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
The governor stated he had spoken with Mr. Fairfax, 39, a number of occasions because the yearbook picture first emerged. “I plan to continue to lead,” Mr. Northam stated, earlier than barely opening the chance that he may give up. “If we get to the point that we feel we are not effective, we are not efficient,” he stated, he would “revisit this.”
That chance grew way more possible shortly earlier than 7 p.m. Eastern time, when Mr. Warner, Mr. Kaine and Mr. Scott, an African-American who’s the dean of the state’s congressional delegation, issued their assertion.
“Governor Northam has served the people of the Commonwealth faithfully for many years, but the events of the past 24 hours have inflicted immense pain and irrevocably broken the trust Virginians must have in their leaders,” stated the three lawmakers, who initially resisted calling on the governor to give up. “He should step down and allow the Commonwealth to begin healing.”
Mr. Northam, standing subsequent to his spouse, Pam, on the information convention, spoke earnestly and was seemingly impervious to the wave of condemnation that the had spawned. He appeared decided to preserve his innocence, and stated he would use the controversy as one thing of a teachable second within the state the place slaves first arrived 400 years in the past.
Speaking to reporters for over 40 minutes as a handful of protesters gathered outdoors the State Capitol demanding that he resign, the 59-year-old governor stated he wished to have “an honest conversation about racial justice.”
Mr. Northam known as the picture of the 2 males “offensive, racist and despicable.” But he stated, “I cannot in good conscience choose the path that would be easier, for me to duck my responsibility to reconcile.”