‘I’m not going anywhere,’ Gov. Ralph Northam tells Gayle King

Saul Bowman
February 11, 2019

Democrats, including Kamala Harris, called for an investigation into the allegation, though many in the party did not call for Fairfax's resignation because Tyson did not offer corroborating accounts.

Lawyers for Meredith Watson released a statement Friday alleging that Virginia's No. 2 politician raped her in 2000, while they were both attending Duke University.

One of the women, Vanessa Tyson, said in a statement earlier this week that at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Fairfax "put his hand behind my neck and forcefully pushed my head towards his crotch", and said that he "forced his penis into my mouth".

He has denied both allegations and dismissed multiple calls to resign.

Fairfax would be the next in line if Northam were to step down over the pressure he's facing to resign.

"I know he wants to rehabilitate his reputation and even his sense of what he called his moral compass", Democratic Representative Don Beyer of Virginia said in a separate interview on "Face the Nation".

Watson also claimed Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax raped her during her time as a student. Northam had originally admitted he was one of the people in that photo, but later said that he was not.

Gov. Ralph Northam tells @GayleKing: "I have thought about resigning, but I've also thought about what Virginia needs right now".


Meanwhile, Gov. Ralph Northam pledged to work at healing the state's racial divide and made his first official appearance a week after a racist photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page surfaced and he acknowledged wearing blackface in the 1980s.

One Virginia state legislator, Democrat Patrick Hope, said he's planning to introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax if he doesn't resign. Krzyzewski said after Saturday night's victory at Virginia.

".I can not agree with a description of events I know is not true", he wrote. Fairfax denied Watson's claims. Watson allegedly told Adams that the assault happened at a fraternity house: "She said she couldn't speak, but she was trying to get up and he kept pushing her down". There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity.

Boyd, whose group says it represents 109,000 farmers across the country, said on Twitter that he urged the governor not to step down.

In light of the controversy, Northam said he asked his cabinet secretaries to begin reporting suggestions Monday on how to tackle issues of inequality such as expanding access to health care, housing and transportation.

The developments came near the end of an astonishing week that saw all three of Virginia's top elected officials-all Democrats-embroiled in potentially career-ending scandals fraught with questions of race, sex, and power.

While African American organizations and leaders have condemned the past actions of Northam, with many calling for his resignation, the recent poll suggests that the majority of African Americans in the state disagree. "Lt. Governor Fairfax's assertion that these sexual assaults were consensual, while simultaneously trying both on and off the record to discredit the victims, says all you need to know about his lack of fitness to serve in public office".

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