Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Breaks Silence On Gov

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"But given what was revealed today, it is clear that he can no longer effectively serve as governor", the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus said, "It is time for him to resign so that Virginia can begin the process of healing".

Ralph Northam has told a source he now believes it is not him in a racist yearbook photo and, despite mounting pressure to resign, that he will not do so, according a top Virginia Democratic source who spoke to the governor on Saturday.

Northam is reportedly reaching out to his medical school colleagues, speculating that the photo may have been wrongly attributed to his yearbook page.

Virginia state Sen. Bryce Reeves, a Republican, was among the first politicians condemning the image.

Mr Northam, a 59-year-old paediatric neurologist and Army veteran, graduated from Norfolk medical school in 1984.

Ralph Northam had apologised for the racist image on Friday, saying he was one of the people shown in the photo from his 1984 medical school yearbook.

A political expert said the initial reaction to Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's latest statement on the racist photo that appeared in his 1984 yearbook may not be enough to save his governorship.

The first-term Democratic governor pledged in a video posted on Twitter to keep fighting to improve Virginia "through the remainder of my term".

Northam, who was recently elected in 2017 and whose term expires in 2022, appealed to his constituents for forgiveness, saying he was "ready to do the hard work of regaining" Virginians' trust.

The photo also prompted a swift backlash from conservatives, including Jack Wilson, the chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, who called on Mr Northam to step down.

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"I believe now and then that I am not either of the people in this photo", Northam said.

It read: "There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world so I think I'll have another beer". The Virginia Democratic Party issued a statement demanding Northam's immediate resignation.

Northam is no stranger to Virginia state politics.

The Senate Democratic Caucus and the House Democratic Caucus both released statements calling on Northam to resign, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the biggest media outlet in the state's capital, released an editorial calling on Northam to resign.

Northam, already in hot water from shocking abortion comments he made earlier in the week, is seen in a medical college yearbook standing at a gathering with one other person.

"He should have said that yesterday, then", she said. Among them: Democratic presidential hopefuls Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren; newly elected Democratic U.S. Reps.

Northam said he selected three other photos that appear on the page but not the offensive image. Governor Northam must end this chapter immediately, step down, and let Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax heal Virginia's wounds and move us forward.

One of the men was in blackface, the other was wearing the white robes and pointed hood of the Klan hate group.

Northam won a tight gubernatorial race in 2017 over Republican contender Ed Gillespie, who he accused of racism and bigotry for supporting Trump's immigration reform agenda.

"I had the unique opportunity growing up on the Eastern shore; I was in public school during desegregation; I have a lot of African-American friends that I went to school with, played ball with, and I expect that I have as much exposure to people of color as anybody".

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