Gov. Ralph Northam Calls Slaves ‘Indentured Servants’ In Interview, Gets Corrected


Gov. Ralph Northam Calls Slaves ‘Indentured Servants’ In Interview, Gets Corrected

"I say again without reservation: I did not sexually assault or rape Meredith Watson, Vanessa Tyson or anyone else", Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said in the statement.

Virginia's Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam considered resigning amid a scandal that he once wore blackface, but the pediatric neurologist said Sunday that he's "not going anywhere" because the state "needs someone that can heal" it. From there Northam claimed that because he has "strength", "courage" and "a moral compass", he was "not going anywhere". If Northam were to step down, Fairfax would be next in line to become governor.

The Washington Post-Schar School poll, conducted Wednesday through Friday, found Virginia's broader population to be split evenly about Northam's fate, with 47 percent wanting him to stay and the same percentage wanting him to resign.

Virginia's state government seemed to come unglued on February 8 as an embattled Gov. Ralph Northam made it clear he won't resign and the man in line to succeed him was hit with another sexual assault accusation and barraged with demands that he step down, too.

Mr. Samirah, a dentist, is running against Republican Greg Nelson and independent candidate Connie Haines Hutchinson in what will be the Democrats' first test since the scandals began to pile up.

The possibility of all three top leaders of Virginia's executive branch having to resign raised the prospect of Democrats losing the governorship to the Republican speaker of the state House of Delegates, who is next in the line of succession. Fairfax has maintained the allegations against him are not true.

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One Virginia state legislator, Democrat Patrick Hope, said he's planning to introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax if he doesn't resign.

Watson alleges Fairfax raped her while they were students at Duke University in 2000, her attorney said in a statement.

In an interview that aired Monday on "CBS This Morning", Northam also referred to enslaved Africans as "indentured servants from Africa" before acknowledging that such a practice was slavery.

"Initially, I could have forgiven him, and I think he could have gotten past it". Steve Newman, the Senate's pro tem, serve as both a voting senator and temporary lieutenant governor. But I can tell you that I am sure, just like me, he has grown.

Northam's controversial choice of words predictably triggered a new wave of calls for his resignation. "Lieutenant-Governor Fairfax has suggested and called for an investigation, I strongly support that". It will be very positive and you know we have a number of inequities in this country right now and in Virginia. But he said that reflection has convinced him that, by remaining in office, he can work to resolve them.

The Virginia Democrat spoke with CBS News about a racism scandal that's engulfing his nascent administration, and said he had learned much about white privilege and race since the scandal erupted.

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