Virginia governor refuses to resign over racist photo

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Surovell said the decision "had nothing to do with" revelations late Friday that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) appeared in a 1984 medical school yearbook photo showing one man in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan robe. "We don't know when or where this photo was taken but it is from the 1984 yearbook".

"I don't see the governor's got any other choice other than to step aside", Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, the vice chair of the Democratic Governors Association who is set to take over in 2020, said Friday night on MSNBC. He also joined the faculty of his medical school, where, according to his official biography, he taught medicine and ethics.

The image is in a 1984 yearbook from Eastern Virginia Medical School on a page with photos of Northam and personal information about the future governor. "We agree with the powerful words of our colleagues in the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and believe that because of this photo the Governor has lost the confidence of the citizens he serves".

Top US Democrats have called on him to resign. His refusal to step down could signal a potentially long and bruising fight between Northam and his former supporters.

A request for comment from the governor's office was not immediately returned.

"This is something that he's not gonna be able to just soldier through the weekend and think that the rest of us are all just gonna forget about it on Monday", he said.

Northam is calling Democrats ahead of the news conference to try and shore up support.

Mr Northam later released a video statement via Twitter in which he said he was "deeply sorry" for the offence the image had caused.

CBS News uncovered a page from Northam's yearbook at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) that had nicknames under his name, which includes "Coonman", a racial slur.

Northam's efforts do not appear to be successful so far. He apologized and said that he was in the photo.

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"Then everything changed", the ally said, as national Democrats unleashed a torrent of calls for his resignation.

Ralph Northam prepares to address a press conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.

Northam apologized Friday for appearing in a photo in which one person is dressed in blackface and another is wearing a full Ku Klux Klan uniform, but has not said he will resign. But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians' faith in that commitment.

He did not specify on Friday whether he was the person photographed in the KKK robe or the one in blackface. The Virginian-Pilot later obtained a copy from Eastern Virginia Medical School, which Northam attended. The picture is shockingly abhorrent and absolutely antithetical to the principles, morals and values we hold and espouse of our educational and research institution and our professions. "Racism and discrimination in any form is not acceptable", the statement said. During that election, the Democrat distributed flyers branding his Republican opponent, Ed Gillespie, a white nationalist, comparing him to the protesters in Charlottesville earlier that year. The photo was on Northam's profile page.

Several Democratic presidential candidates urged Northam to step down, including Senators Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Julián Castro and John Delaney. "The Democratic Party believes that diversity is our greatest strength and that hatred and racism have no place in our democracy".

One of the figures is Northam, and he didn't say which one in an apology issued late Friday.

As IJR Red reported, both Virginia Sens.

Lucas said she was "befuddled" by the call.

But Mr. Northam insisted Saturday that Mr. Fairfax backs his decision not to resign. I'll be thinking of this June 5, 1798 manumission document that freed my great-great-great grandfather Simon Fairfax from slavery in Virginia.

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