Gov. Ralph Northam Calls Slaves ‘Indentured Servants’ In Interview, Gets Corrected
Feb 11 2019
Virginia's state government seemed to come unglued on February 8 as an embattled Gov. Ralph Northam made it clear he won't resign and the man in line to succeed him was hit with another sexual assault accusation and barraged with demands that he step down, too. The Associated Press does not generally name victims of alleged sexual assault, but both women have come forward voluntarily.
Fairfax has denied the allegations, said he does not intend to immediately resign and called for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other authorities to investigate.
While all this has been going on, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has been facing pressure to resign after a photograph featuring blackface and a KKK costume was found on his medical school yearbook page.
The governor also said his lieutenant governor would have "no choice" but to step down if the accusations against him turned out to be true. "There's no better person to do that then a doctor", Northam told King Sunday morning at the Executive Mansion in his first TV interview.
A California professor earlier accused Fairfax of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in 2004.
Northam told the Washington Post he's asked his cabinet secretaries to come up with specific proposals to begin addressing issues of inequality, such as expanding access to health care, housing and transportation, and to begin reporting those suggestions on Monday.
He called on "all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI", to investigate the claims. Among African-Americans, 58 percent believe he should remain governor, while just 37 percent say he should step aside. The first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Old Point Comfort, what we call now Fort Monroe, and while - " Northam said on the show.
Many elected officials and presidential hopefuls have called for Fairfax to resign after two women went public with allegations of sexual assault this week.
The political chaos surrounding the state's top two elected officials has extended to the second in line to succeed Northam, Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring, who admitted that he had once darkened his face to imitate a black performer.
Twitter, however, wasn't impressed by Northam's progress so far.
A second woman, Meredith Watson, has accused Fairfax of rape in 2000. "There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity", he said. Virginia delegate Patrick Hope, a Democrat, said Friday night he will be bringing articles of impeachment against Fairfax. "I am asking that no one rush to judgment and I am asking for there to be space in this moment for due process".
Several of the state's top Democrats, including U.S. Sen.
Northam said the humbling week and the late-in-life conversations about race have made him determined to refocus his governorship, but it seemed plain that he is just beginning to think through what that might mean.