Abrams Doesn’t Call On Embattled Virginia Democrats to Resign

Attorney General Mark Herring speaks at a Virginia Democratic Party annual fundraiser in 2015

But then rumours began circulating of another controversial photo, and this time it was Herring who was said to been in "blackface".

There is also an allegation of sexual misconduct against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, which he denies.

Virginia Democratic Congressman Bobby Scott was made aware of allegations of sexual assault against now-Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax over a year ago by the alleged victim herself, ABC News has learned.

"Allegations of sexual assault need to be taken seriously", Scott told ABC News in a statement.

And while the United Kingdom has grown somewhat accustomed to furores around Donald Trump and the Republican party, this time it is Democrat politicians in the spotlight.

"I did this in solidarity with my colleague and as a symbolic gesture for a woman's right to choose", she said in an explanatory statement. Tyson told Scott that she had gone to the Washington Post with her story and that she had told the Post to use Scott as someone who could attest to her character, ABC reported, citing aides with knowledge of the communications.

That led to the question of what would happen if Northam and Fairfax both resign.

"Democrats at the top are killing the Great State of Virginia", the Republican president tweeted on Thursday.

Among those who called for Northam's resignation was Mark Herring, Virginia's attorney general who condemned the photo as "indefensible", "profoundly offensive" and "shocking and deeply disappointing".

At the Capitol, lawmakers were dumbstruck over the day's fast-breaking developments, with Democratic Sen.

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Northam, who is white, initially apologised and conceded he was in the photo.

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams wouldn't call on the embattled trio of Virginia Democrats to resign in an interview Thursday, saying they should take "responsibility for their decisions".

The entire Democrat leadership of the U.S. state of Virginia is crumbling under allegations of racism and sexual assault.

If all three step aside, the next in line to be governor is the Republican House speaker. That single game of chance allowed Republicans to hold a majority in the House of Delegates - and may now wipe out virtually all the gains of the 2017 Democratic sweep.

The governor is under fire over the discovery of a photo on his yearbook profile page of someone in blackface standing next to a person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

"What began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault", she said. In Northam's response to the picture, he admitted he had painted his face with shoe polish during an ill-conceived Michael Jackson impersonation.

The school, Eastern Virginia Medical School, confirmed the photos authenticity.

Until Wednesday, that is, when Herring said he had worn "brown makeup" at a party in 1980 to impersonate the rapper Kurtis Blow.

But he also said: "This conduct is in no way reflective of the man I have become in the almost 40 years since".

At that same news conference last Saturday, he said he owed it to the people of Virginia to start a discussion about race and discrimination and listen to the pain he had caused.

"I accept full responsibility for my conduct", he said, adding that "the shame of that moment has haunted me for decades".

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