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A day after Gov. Ralph Northam apologized for being in a racist yearbook photo (either as a man in blackface or in a Klan outfit), the Virginia Democrat now claims he’s “not the person in that photo.” Northam read a prepared statement inside the Executive Mansion in Richmond Saturday to explain himself:
He said part of the reason he thinks that is, is because he vividly remembers another situation where he blackened his face to portray Michael Jackson at a dance contest in San Antonio in 1984, after graduating from Eastern Virginia Medical School.
“You remember these things,” he said.
(Michael Jackson? Perhaps Northam should have started with the man in the mirror, asking him to change his ways.)
Last night saw Democrats throughout Virginia and the nation asking the governor to resign, and rumors were floating he would do just that on Saturday. Needless to say, this turnabout has left his former allies more than a little confused:
Earlier in the day, Virginia Sen. Louise Lucas who represents Portsmouth said Northam had called her this morning and said he wouldn’t step down.
“I’m not going to resign because it’s not me in that photo,” Lucas said, recalling what he told her.
She responded: “Then you waited too long to say it wasn’t you.”
Lucas said she was “befuddled” by the call.
“He’s losing even more credibility,” she said.
…Virginia’s Democratic party continued to urge Northam to resign Saturday morning even after it became evident he wouldn’t.
“Governor Northam must end this chapter immediately, step down, and let Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax heal Virginia’s wounds and move us forward,” they said on Twitter.
Will Northam remain as governor? Stay tuned.