Another blackface scandal is rocking the Commonwealth to it’s core–and it could result in thre Democrats losing the Governorship altogether.
Governor Ralph Northam has been under fire for a controvversial yearbook photo showing one man in blackface and another in a KKK white hood. And while the governor is facing a bipartisan push for his resignation, a brand new scandal just changed the game.
Attorney General and second in line for the governor’s mansion Mark Herring (D) just admitted to a blackface scandal of his own. Herring and a friend donned blackface in the 80s while impersonating rappers. This only days after Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax was embroiled in a high-profile sexual assault allegation.
In fact ALL THREE Democrats at the top of Virginia’s executive branch are in the midst of potentially career-ending scandals. Which means if all three are forced out of office, a Republican will become the next Governor of Virginia.
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Northam received significant backlash from an interview on WTOP last week while discussing Virginia’s HB 2491 bill. The bill he was advocating for would allow a doctor to perform an abortion when a woman is about to give birth.
Two days later, a photo from the governor’s medical school yearbook resurfaced. It showed one person wearing KKK garb and the other was in blackface. Northam initially accepted responsibility for the photo, but then retracted that statement.
Last week, Herring called on Northam to resign, saying, “It is no longer possible for Governor Northam to lead our Commonwealth, and it is time for him to step down.”
Fairfax is facing a controversy of his own. Earlier this week, an old sexual assault allegation surfaced against him. Fairfax suggested Northam and his office may have been behind the recently surfaced allegation. He then suggested Monday that Richmond Mayor Levar Stoneywas behind the allegations to a group of reporters outside the state capitol.
While it’s unlikely that all three Democrats will step down (in fact Northam has already refused to do so in the face of widespread calls from within his own party), the next in line would be Republican House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox.