Embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam unveiled his plans Tuesday to launch a statewide “listening tour” about race relations; refusing to step-down after he admitted wearing offensive “blackface” make-up during a college costume party.
“The 59-year-old governor — who admitted in an interview this week that he has only just realized why blackface is ‘so offensive’ – also wants to share what he has learned from his own experiences,” writes the New York Post.
Northam’s plan to remain in office could include increasing the budgets for the region’s historically Black Colleges and the potential removal of Confederate statues across the state.
The Governor’s decision comes as Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax faces increased scrutiny following a second allegation of sexual misconduct.
Read the full report at the NY Post.
MID-ATLANTIC MAYHEM: Virginia Democrats ROCKED by Series of High-Level Scandals
The swing-state of Virginia has been rocked by a series of high-level political scandals in recent days; throwing local leadership into a total political crisis as the government’s third high-ranking official admitted to wearing “blackface” at a college party in the 1980s.
“Governor Ralph Northam was already fighting for his political life over a racist photo from his 1984 medical school yearbook that emerged last week, and the lieutenant governor sought on Wednesday to fend off allegations of sexual misconduct,” writes Reuters.
“Attorney General Mark Herring, 57, who has expressed gubernatorial ambitions and called four days ago for Northam to resign, admitted in a statement he donned brown face paint at a party in 1980 to impersonate a rapper,” adds the report.
The news comes as Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax -who would replace Northam should he decide to step-down- denied allegations of sexual assault during the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
“I cannot believe, given my obvious distress, that Mr. Fairfax thought this forced sexual act was consensual,” said a statement released by Dr. Vanessa Tyson.
Read the full report at Reuters.
UPDATE: Virginia Governor Says He has ‘NO REGRETS’ Over Late-Term Abortion Comments
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam refused to dial-back his recent comments regarding late-term abortions this week; saying he had “no regrets” over his harsh rhetoric depicting a potential “abortion” after the child’s birth.
“Some members of your party have said privately that your comments yesterday could have been more precise… Do you regret what you said?
“No, I don’t. I’m a physician. I’m also the governor. But when I’m asked questions, a lot of times it is put in the context of being a physician,” said Northam. “Realizing how we approach, how we mange patients, how we offer advice and counseling. So, no, I don’t have any regrets.”