Virginians reeling as top 3 officials in government embroiled in scandals


U.S. President Donald Trump predicted Thursday the chaos engulfing the top three officials in Virginia, all Democrats, will help him recapture the coastal Atlantic state when he runs for re-election in 2020.

Everyone in Richmond, it seemed, was waiting Thursday for Virginia's Legislative Black Caucus to respond to the latest developments. Lamont Bagby, said Wednesday.

With Northam and Fairfax under fire, that left Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring as the Democrats' last hope - until Wednesday when Herring admitted that he too dressed up in blackface during a college party in the 80s.

Kate Brown to those calling on Virginia's embattled governor to step down.

Mr Herring, 57, went public after rumours of a blackface photo of him had circulated at the Capitol for a day or more.

Scott learned of the allegations directly from Dr. Vanessa Tyson, who on Wednesday released a statement detailing the alleged 2004 assault, which took place at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

"I'm a pastor. I believe in divine retribution", said E.W. Jackson, the Republican who lost to Northam in the 2013 race for lieutenant governor. "I am a proud Democrat". But given Tyson's choice, there are a lot of lawyers out there for Fairfax who are able to weather the public relations storm while capably litigating a defamation claim - maybe pick one that isn't optically tied to one of the most notorious figures in American politics? "She in no way indicated that anything that had happened between us made her uncomfortable", he said in a statement.

"Allegations of sexual assault need to be taken seriously". Northam also could not explain why college friends called him "Coonman", a racial slur.

Despite a history of racist comments, Steve King is still a member of Congress even though he was kicked off committees by Republican leaders after defending white nationalism and white supremacy in an interview. And Al Sharpton, the prominent black activist and television personality, told BuzzFeed News that Herring and Northam should resign and that he'd lead protests against the two politicians.

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Democratic US Senator Al Franken resigned in 2017 after being accused of sexual misconduct.

He'd likely have to move quickly: While the state constitution lets the governor appoint a new lieutenant governor, the Republican-controlled legislature could demand an election for the position be held in November, Vox reports. Governor Ralph Northam faces calls to resign over a racist 1984 medical school yearbook photo, in which the then-student wore blackface while standing next to a student in a Ku Klux Klan robe.

He admitted at first that he was in the photo without saying which costume he was wearing.

Gov. Ralph Northam's career was already teetering over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook when the crisis spiralled out of control.

"The cost for Democrats of getting rid of the office holder are really low", Seth Masket, a University of Denver political scientist, said of the Northam and Franken scandals earlier this week.

Herring said he is "deeply, deeply sorry", but added that his actions 40 years ago "is in no way reflective of the man I have become".

Herring came down hard on Northam when the yearbook photo surfaced, condemning it as "indefensible", and "profoundly offensive".

"He said he was very sorry", Lucas said.

Influential black lawmakers said they have not heard from Northam since the weekend.