Gov. Ralph Northam had questionable nickname in 1981 yearbook

Gov. Ralph Northam had questionable nickname in 1981 yearbook

Gov. Ralph Northam had questionable nickname in 1981 yearbook

He said he did not know about the photos placed on his yearbook page and was appalled when he saw the images in his yearbook.

The source told ABC News that the governor will not resign, "period".

A caption under the controversial photo lists Northam's alma mater, Virginia Military Institute, his interest in "pediatrics" and a quote: "There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world so I think I'll have another beer". He also joined the faculty of his medical school, where, according to his official biography, he taught medicine and ethics.

The photograph appears in the 1984 yearbook for Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Northam had apologised on Friday, saying he was one of the people shown in the photo, which depicted one person in blackface standing next to another in a Ku Klux Klan costume.

The Democratic Party of Virginia said in a statement Saturday that Northam should step down immediately and be replaced by Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. "If we get to the point where we feel that we're not effective, that we're not efficient, not only for our caucuses but for the commonwealth of Virginia, then we will revisit this and make decisions". His refusal to step down could signal a potentially long and bruising fight between Northam and his former supporters.

The photos alone are enough to prove that Governor Northam is not fit to represent the people of Virginia, but the implications are even greater. We have much more work to do and must now vow to do more to forge a better future together.

The Democratic governor, however, appeared determined to hold onto his office and serve out the remainder of his four-year term, which began in January 2018. He said he did not purchase the yearbook and was not aware of the photo in question. He did not mention resignation then, either.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is digging in.

On Friday, Northam apologized for appearing in the photo without saying which costume he was wearing.

"The first step is to offer my sincerest apology and to state my absolute commitment to living up to the expectations Virginians set for me when they elected me to be their governor". One of them is in blackface, or has used paint or makeup to appear black, while the other is dressed in full KKK gear. The Virginian-Pilot later obtained a copy from Eastern Virginia Medical School, which Northam attended.

"We share the outrage, alarm and sadness voiced by our alumni, the press and many on social media regarding the picture published in the 1984 student yearbook". It is a consistent swing state for presidential elections.

High-profile Democrats, including former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden, campaigned for Northam in 2017.

Northam has not answered any of those calls for his resignation, but apologized profusely for the 35-year-old photo. "It's sad but eerily prophetic this revelation came during Black History Month; but while we uplift the current and historical achievements of African Americans, we must also acknowledge the extent to which racism is a part of our history in America".

However, Northam's released statement on Friday insinuated he was not ready to resign over the photo.

CNN may have just made a mistake, but the KKK blackface photo is a major scandal for Democrats in Virginia and painting Northam as a Republican seems a heinous form of damage control for a network that consistently slants Left. On Friday she called for him to resign.

MoveOn and its executive director, Ilya Sheyman, also wrote on Twitter that Northam must resign.

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