Everybody And Their Mother Calls On Ralph Northam To Resign

Today in career-ending yearbook photos.

9NEWS’ Jacob Rodriguez reports the local side of a national story that only ends one way:

Despite holding a press conference denying that he was in a controversial photo from his 1984 yearbook showing someone in blackface and someone in KKK attire, Colorado Democrats Sen. Michael Bennet and former Gov. John Hickenlooper have called on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Virginia) to step down…

“This photo may not be the sum of who Ralph Northam is,” Hickenlooper wrote Friday night after the story broke, “but there’s no doubt, that the right thing for him to do as a leader is step down.”

Bennet, serving in Congress since 2009, did not mince words – and even pointed to who he’d like to get a shot in the governor’s chair.

“The photo is racist and despicable,” Bennet wrote Saturday morning. “Governor Northam should step down and allow his Lieutenant Governor, Justin Fairfax, to become the next Governor of Virginia.”

Basically every Democrat in America has now called on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to step down from his position and make way for the popular Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who happens to be African-American. Northam’s up-to-now failure to heed this overwhelming consensus is quickly making the transition from tragicomic to outrageous, and we’re hitting refresh in another browser tab as we write to make sure events don’t overtake our blog post.

And yes, lots of Republicans say Northam ought to resign as well.

Here’s to their newfound sense of decency.

2 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JohnInDenver says:

    Northam's resignation obviously won't come about from people saying "please resign."  And now, his inept responses confirming/denying the photo, confirming his use of shoe polish for a dance contest, and saying he talked with a "black aide" during his 2017 campaign and wound up apologizing to him (and doing nothing more), throw not only his questionable past into the mix, but his current sense of entitlement, too.

    Apparently, he is unresponsive to a clear consensus — which makes little sense, but we have some precedent among Colorado politicians.   Escalation points — both formal (resolutions of censure) and informal (no one calling him or answering his phone calls? no invitations to do anything?) — may be needed.

    It may take awhile (so the refresh process may not be helpful).  But those with public statements urging resignation seem unlikely to forget or forgive. The only questions appear to be what additional pressure points will be used and what sort of exit ramp or ejection seat will be used.

  2. Voyageur says:

    15 year old charges of sexual assault have surfaced against Fairfax! If they both quit, attorney general mark herring, a democrat, moves up. Fourth in line would be speaker of the house, currently a republican. Also, northam could resign, fairfax become gov and appoint somebody to fill the empty lt gov. Job. Then if Fairfax resigned, the new lt gov. Would be gov.

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