Virginia lieutenant governor resists calls to step down

Second woman accuses Virginia's Lt Governor of sexual assault

Embattled Virginia leader wants to focus on racial equity

Northam is now shrouded in criticism after photos from his medical school yearbook from 1984 emerged last week, showing someone wearing blackface posed alongside a person dressed as a KKK member.

Northam's page in his medical school yearbook showed a person in blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan robes, but he says neither person was him.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam called Black Americans who were forcefully enslaved "indentured servants" and Gayle King had to correct him.

Democratic Del. Patrick Hope said he wants to introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax on Monday, but Hope is not a powerful figure in the House and there's little sign there's a broad appetite for impeachment with lawmakers set to finish this year's legislative session by the end of the month.

Some were also quick to remind her about the recent scandal involving current Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and a racist photo from his medical yearbook.

Two women who have accused Lt. Gov.

Northam initially apologised for being in the photo then, the following day, staged a freaky press conference where he denied being in that picture but admitted to dressing in blackface for a social event that same year.

Fairfax, who has denied the allegations, has also faced widespread calls from Democratic leaders to step aside.

A Washington Post-Schar School poll, which only asked about Tyson's allegation, found most were still undecided about the accusation, with 65 percent saying they didn't know enough to judge Fairfax's denial of the accusation.

But Fairfax, 39, is adamant that he will not resign, declaring that he is the victim of a smear campaign. A public relations firm representing Watson provided The Associated Press with a 2016 email exchange with a female friend and 2017 text exchanges in which Watson said Fairfax had raped her.

The incident probably won't do much to convince his party to retract its almost unanimous call for his resignation.

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"And if these accusations are determined to be true, I don't think he's going to have any other option but to resign", Northam said.

However, Northam then went on to claim that he was not, in fact, either of the people in the photo and refused to step down amid growing calls for his resignation.

Lawmakers on both sides of the political divide have called on him to step down.

GOVERNOR RALPH NORTHAM (CBS THIS MORNING/D-Virginia/@GovernorVA): Well, it has been a hard week.

"It's obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do", he said in an interview with The Washington Post on Saturday.

The Democratic governor first said he was in the photo, then said he wasn't, then admitted to wearing blackface in the 1980s when dressed as Michael Jackson for a dance competition.

Northam, 59, said he wants to spend the remaining three years of his term trying to ensure that black Virginians have the same opportunities as whites.

The number three in Virginia's government, Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring, is also in hot water after admitting to wearing blackface to a university party in 1980.

A copy of the resolution, obtained by CNN, reads, "the House of Delegates believes all allegations of sexual assault must be taken with the utmost seriousness", and describes the allegations made by the two women as "credible in nature".

If Fairfax were to leave, there's no consensus on who could replace him.

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