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Northam: Virginia Needs My 'Moral Compass'

'I'm not going anywhere,' embattled governor says
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2019 10:17 AM CST
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam talks during an interview at the governor's mansion, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 in Richmond, Va.   (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via AP)

(Newser) – Ralph Northam says he "doesn't live in a vacuum," and he's aware of calls for his resignation and he's "thought about resigning." But he tells CBS This Morning that "Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage, and who has a moral compass. And that's why I'm not going anywhere." The same is not true for the governor's lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, now embroiled in deepening accusations of sexual assault: "If these accusations are determined to be true, I don't think he's going to have any other option but to resign," says Northam. And regarding the future of the man in the Virginia political scandal trifecta, AG Mark Herring, who has also admitted to wearing blackface: "I regret that our attorney general is in this position. But this is a decision that he's going to need to make." The full transcript is here. (Read more Ralph Northam stories.)

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