‘This is just heartbreaking’: House Speaker Cox echoes call for Northam’s resignation

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — During a brief press conference on Monday, House Speaker Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) echoed his call for Governor Ralph Northam to resign.

Del. Cox and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment released a statement on Saturday morning, saying the governor had lost the public’s confidence, and it is in the state’s best interests for him to step down.

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“Obviously this is a very painful and heartbreaking moment for the Commonwealth,” Cox told reporters outside his office at the Capitol Monday morning.

Del. Cox also said there’s a “rightful hesitation” about removing Northam from office if he refuses to resign.

“You have to consider, to some degree, you’re overturning an election,” Del. Cox added.

Gov. Northam was staying out of sight early Monday as he met with his Cabinet and senior staff, following a meeting the previous night with minority officials in his administration.

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ABC News previously reported that Gov. Northam held an urgent meeting Sunday night to reportedly discuss his future in office with senior level staff, including cabinet members and Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax.

The meetings come amid nearly unanimous calls from within his own party to resign over the yearbook photo that shows someone in blackface and another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

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