Va. Legislative Black Caucus reinforces call for Gov. Northam to resign

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus released a statement Thursday regarding the recent political scandals surrounding the Commonwealth’s top three Democratic officials. 

In the statement, the caucus reinforced their call for Gov. Northam to step down after urging the governor to do so last week, but did not ask for Attorney General Mark Herring or Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign.

“We called for Governor Northam’s resignation sharply and swiftly because all of the facts were before us immediately,” the statement read. “That is still our position.”

The lawmakers did not call for Attorney General Herring to resign, following Herring’s revelation that he put on blackface in college, but called for “further action” from Herring to convince Virginia he is able to lead. 

“While we appreciate the candor of Attorney General Herring’s disclosure, we await further action on his part to reassure the citizens of the Commonwealth of his fitness for leadership,” the statement read.

In regards to sexual assault allegations made against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, the black caucus said they, “must be fully and thoroughly investigated by the appropriate agencies.” 

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