Hogan Wants Northam to Resign, Other Scandals Plague Top VA Dems

Feb 7, 2019

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Governor Larry Hogan has called his fellow governor in Virginia to step down.

The Maryland Republican’s remarks on a CBS affiliate comes on the heels of racist photos in Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook.

Hogan said, “It’s completely unacceptable. I’m sure he has lost the confidence of the people.”

WBOC reports that the scandal led to the postponement of an event that had been scheduled for Salisbury University in which Hogan, Northam and Delaware’s governor John Carney were the appeared.

Lt. Governor's Accusers Goes Public

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D-VA)
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(AP) The woman whose sexual assault allegations against Virginia's lieutenant governor surfaced this week is speaking publicly about the encounter.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has repeatedly denied her allegations, saying the encounter was consensual.

Vanessa Tyson issued a statement Wednesday saying Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex in 2004 during the Democratic National Convention in Boston. The Associated Press typically does not identify those who say they were sexually assaulted, but Tyson issued the statement in her name.

Earlier Wednesday, Fairfax issued a statement saying the woman expressed no discomfort at the time, or during the years afterward. He said he first heard about her accusation from a reporter in 2018.

Tyson said she went to Fairfax's hotel room so he could get documents. She said they began consensually kissing but he then forced her into oral sex. She said she couldn't move her head because he was holding down her neck.

Tyson has not responded to messages from The AP seeking comment.

Herring Meets with Black Caucus

Attorney General Mark Herring (D-VA)
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(AP) An African American Virginia state senator says several people were crying as Attorney General Mark Herring met with black lawmakers to discuss Herring's admission that he had dressed in blackface when he was in college.

Democratic Sen. Louise Lucas says Herring and the lawmakers held an emotional meeting Wednesday morning.

She says people were crying "all around the table," including men. She says it also looked like Herring cried.

Herring revealed Wednesday that he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a black rapper during a party as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia.

Lucas says Herring apologized during the meeting and asked, "Where do we go from here?"

The lawmakers told Herring that they needed to discuss their next steps among themselves.

Del. Lamont Bagby is chairman of the caucus. He says the caucus "needs time" and has a "lot to digest."

Del. Delores McQuinn (D-VA)
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Democratic state Del. Delores McQuinn didn't answer directly when asked if Herring should resign. The African-American lawmaker said legislators "are going to govern - that's what our constituents want us to do."

Meanwhile, Herring will no longer be a top leader of a national association.

The Democratic Attorneys General Association issued a statement Wednesday saying Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring offered to step down as one of the co-chairs of the association.

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine will return as co-chair on an interim basis, joining current co-chair and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

Herring issued a statement Wednesday saying he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a black rapper during a party as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia.