Virginia Democrats pressure Lieutenant Governor to resign over accusations of sexual assault

Second woman accuses Virginia Lieutenant Governor of sexual assault

Second woman accuses Virginia Lieutenant Governor of sexual assault

"CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King gave Northam what should have been a softball question: "This has been a very hard week for you and the state of Virginia, so where would you like to begin?"

Republicans, including Trump, have predicted the scandal plaguing Virginia's top Democratic officials will give them the opportunity to make political gains in a state that's increasingly voted for Democrats in recent elections.

Virginia Delegate Patrick Hope (D) will hold off on filing the paperwork to begin impeachment proceedings against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D), saying in a statement on Monday he's "open to discussions on other avenues that would accomplish the same goals".

The allegations against Fairfax have placed Democrats in an uncomfortable position: They are attempting to push a rising African-American star out of office while a white governor and attorney general accused of racism may remain.

In his first TV interview since the image surfaced, Mr Northam said he later took a "step back" and determined it was not him in the photo. Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage and who has a moral compass and that's why I'm not going anywhere. Hunter said Fairfax deserves due process over sexual assault allegations made by two women.

Northam at first admitted to being in the picture on February 1, but denied it a day later.

Party leaders in the state and across the nation have now called for Northam and Fairfax to resign over their separate accusations.

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax finds himself in the eye of a scandal, as two women have now accused the Biglaw attorney turned politician of sexual assault.

Another possibility: Fairfax simply hangs on as he disputes the allegations. He said the women's allegations are serious and Fairfax should resign if they are true. Both men have signaled they have no intention of resigning - despite calls to resign from a host of Democrats with national profiles.

Northam, a pediatric neurologist, said that he considered quitting, but has decided he's "not going anywhere" because the state "needs someone that can heal" it.

Northam's assertion defies the condemnations issued recently by prominent Virginian politicians on both sides of the aisle - many of whom have also called on Fairfax, who is black, to step down for very different reasons.

CBS's Gayle King asked.

"It's obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do", he said.

"Virginia needs someone that can heal", Northam said. Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring, both Democrats, have acknowledged they wore blackface in the 1980s.

It's unclear who the people in the picture are, but the rest of the page is filled with pictures of Northam and lists his undergraduate alma mater and other information about him.

Northam's pledge Sunday to work on healing the state's racial divide was the second he made in as many days.

Once again, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam caused a nationwide facepalm with race-related comments.

"That same year I did participate in a dance contest in San Antonio in which I darkened my face as part of a Michael Jackson costume", Northam said.

Northam said he supports an investigation, but stopped short of calling for Fairfax's resignation.

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