Scandal hangs over Virginia governor

National News

February 5, 2019 - 10:24 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One of busiest days on the Virginia legislature’s calendar began under a cloud of suspense today as Gov. Ralph Northam weighed whether he can continue in the job amid the fallout over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook.

With tension running high, lawmakers began arriving for crossover day — when the House and Senate must finish bills to send to the other chamber — after days of turmoil set off by the picture that surfaced late last week of someone in blackface next to another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

Amid a barrage of calls for his resignation from his own party, the 59-year-old Democratic governor gave no public indication of which way he was leaning. He spent Monday in conversations with top advisers about whether he can still govern.

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