WASHINGTON (GrayDC) Sen. Tim Kaine stands by his call for VA Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign their posts.
Virginia lawmakers are calling for Northam's resignation following a scandal that he had a racist yearbook page in medical school. Recently, Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring also admitted to darkening his skin in a costume decades ago as a college freshman, and he apologized for it.
"The revelation of these insulting blackface photos from some of the state's top officials, just as the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in 2017 demonstrate we're not past the challenges and the legacy of slavery and racism. We have more to do," Kaine said.
Fairfax is also facing controversy as two women accused him of sexual assault years ago. He has denied any wrongdoing.
"I think they've lost the confidence and the ability to do the job," the Senator said of the Commonwealth's top two leaders.
Kaine does not believe it is likely GOP would take control of the Virginia Governor’s Mansion, even though that is a possibility if all three top state officials stepped down.
"That's not what the voters want. The voters elected certain people and we just need to follow those processes," he said.
Northam has refused to resign and initially apologized for the racist page, but then reversed course and said he did not appear in the picture and is determined to stay in office.