Virginia State Sen. Tommy Norment edited yearbook with racist photos in college

Virginia State Sen. Tommy Norment edited yearbook with racist photos in college

The Democrats' Thursday night statement says they take the issues and allegations facing Virginia's top three elected officials seriously and they'll be taking the pulse of their constituents over the weekend.

"As one of seven working on a 359-page yearbook, I can not endorse or associate myself with every photo, entry, or word on each page".

McAuliffe's call for Fairfax to resign comes after he called for Governor Ralph Northam to step down last week after racist photos were discovered on his personal yearbook page.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has told his staff that he doesn't intend to resign his office, his communication director, Ofirah Yheskel, told NPR member station WCVE Friday.

The new accusation further clouds the fate of Virginia's government.

But it suggested a readiness to forgive the embattled state attorney general, Mark Herring.

The new allegation immediately brought demands from top Democrats for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign, too.

Watson was friends with Fairfax at Duke but they never dated or had any romantic relationship, her lawyer said.

Northam called an afternoon Cabinet meeting to announce his intention to stay, the senior official said.

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Northam has come under fire since Big League Politics last week surfaced the governor's page from the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook, which features a photo of a person wearing blackface and a person wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit standing side by side.

According to Ms Watson's legal representatives Smith Mullin, former classmates have provided statements corroborating Ms Watson's allegations and stating that she "immediately told friends that Mr Fairfax had raped her".

The yearbook includes a photo of a man in blackface standing with others in costumes and uses racial slurs to describe a student from Bangkok, Thailand. Cox, the House speaker, himself said Monday that there was "a rightful hesitation" among lawmakers to seek Northam's impeachment or removal. But he did volunteer that he once put shoe polish on his face to dress up like Michael Jackson for a dance contest on a separate occasion.

And Attorney General Mark Herring - in line to become governor if Northam and Fairfax resign - admitted putting on blackface in the 1980s, when he was a college student. "The Democrats have sacrificed their morals and values for political expediency". Northam apologized for the photo, but denied he was in it.

He writes: "It is my hope that these regrettable actions can be turned into teachable moments".

Virginia's House Democrats have followed the state's Legislative Black Caucus in not calling for resignations of the lieutenant governor or attorney general after insisting that the governor must go.

Blow called Herring's blackface incident disrespectful, ugly and degrading.

Fairfax vehemently denied that he assaulted Tyson, said he was the victim of a "smear" and has said repeatedly that they had a consensual encounter.