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What Has Disgraced Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Been Up to This Week?

He’s refusing to resign, and steering clear of the press. So what is Northam up to and what is his strategy for survival?

By NTK Staff | 02.08.2019 @9:49am
What Has Disgraced Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Been Up to This Week?

Friday marks one week since a high school yearbook photo surfaced that rocked Virginia’s capital city and set off a bizarre domino effect of scandals that has left some wondering what will happen next.

The yearbook photo, which appeared on Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D-VA) personal page in his medical school yearbook, featured two men: one in blackface and the other in a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood. After initially admitting he was in the photo on Friday evening, Northam held a press conference on Saturday, denying he was in the photo at all but admitting he has used blackface in the past.

Since then, virtually every prominent Democrat in the country has called on Northam to resign – from Democrats running for president in 2020 to the entire Democrat Virginia congressional delegation.

But since the bombshell report, a woman has come forward to accuse Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D-VA) of sexual assault from an incident that occurred in 2004, and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D-VA) also admitted to using blackface in the past. Fairfax denies the charge.

A new Politico report indicates that Northam has holed up in his office, reaching out to clergy and Virginia lawmakers he hopes are sympathetic.

This week, Northam has been largely holed up in his office and has not walked next door to the Capitol, where the legislature is in session, according to multiple lawmakers. Most of the legislators he’s called or texted are Republicans who had not called for him to resign. They include Sens. Jill Holtzman Vogel, Bill Stanley and Stuart, according to several people familiar with the situation. Northam has reached out to a few legislative Democrats, including state Sen. Jennifer McClellan and Del. David Toscano, they said.

Northam met with faith leaders for 45 minutes at the governor’s mansion Wednesday. He’s been in touch with pastors, including his own, according to two sources familiar with his activities. And he’s been working to persuade his cabinet secretaries not to resign.

Northam is also huddling with former aides. “Northam had been receiving advice from former aides Brian Coy and David Turner,” according to Politico. Turner used to serve Northam in a communications role and currently works at the Democratic Governors Association (DGA). What makes his counsel to Northam rather complicated is the fact that the DGA has called on Northam to resign:

Despite the walls closing in on Northam, he appears prepared to use the other scandals that have sprung up as a shield against being held accountable for his own controversy.

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