Virginia governor loses key support; future in doubt

Best of Ralph Northam's victory speech

It is because my memory of that episode is so vivid that I truly do not believe I am in the picture in my yearbook.

The legislative Black Caucus repeated its call for Northam's resignation after his remarks today. During the Q & A Northam also addressed a nickname which appeared in his VMI yearbook.

"Changing his public story today", the caucus wrote, "now casts further doubt on his ability to regain that trust".

Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, released a statement that said Northam no longer has the public trust and should step down.

"I didn't realize at the time that it was as offensive as I have since learned", Northam told reporters of using shoe polish to darken his face for the performance, which he said took place in San Antonio, Texas when he was 25. "Governor Northam has served the people of the Commonwealth faithfully for many years, but the events of the past 24 hours have inflicted huge pain and irrevocably broken the trust Virginians must have in their leaders".

"I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and do the hurt that decision caused then and now", Northam said.

The Virginia executive is telling his colleagues Saturday, he is not in the racially charged photo from his yearbook page.

In a statement on Saturday, Fairfax said he was "shocked and saddened" by the picture but was glad Northam, whom he called a friend, had apologised and reached out to him personally for "actions from his past" that he could not condone. I don't think I'm being unreasonable.

"When I was shown this last night, it was horrific".

The photograph, one of four on a page from Mr Northam's yearbook at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, was published on Friday by conservative website Big League Politics. However, they were at a loss to explain how a mix-up might have occurred that would result in the racist image being placed on his page in error, because students were responsible for submitting their own photos.

"It has taken time to make sure that it's not me but I'm convinced I'm not on that photo", he said.

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The Virginian-Pilot later obtained a copy from Eastern Virginia Medical School, which Mr Northam attended.

I get that. It's extremely frustrating to me that the rules are nearly never applied even-handedly by the people making up the rules or by the media enforcing them.

"Pictures as close as that, I would have had to have chosen those".

"Ralph Northam has had three decades to know better but only now does he acknowledge this racist act", the Congressional Black Caucus posted on Twitter.

Harris and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro were the first declared candidates to call for Northam to step down.

"Governor Northam has lost all moral authority and should resign immediately", former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat weighing a 2020 presidential run, said on Twitter.

"Governor Northam has to do two things simultaneously". The legislative Black Caucus, joined the chorus calling for his resignation after a tense meeting with Northam. Kirsten Gillibrand, all Democrats - who said they thought Northam should resign.

Friends who hoped he could weather the crisis were wondering if he could survive and avoid becoming the first Virginia governor to resign since the USA civil war.

A small number of protesters stood outside the governor's mansion Saturday to demand his resignation.

Chanting for him to resign, the protestors excoriated Northam for the photo. We can generally rely on what each other said to be accurate ...

In an initial apology about the photograph on Friday, Northam had admitted to being in the photograph but did not say which of the two costumes he had worn.

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