A few weeks have passed since scandals shook up Virginia politics, starting with the news that Governor Ralph Northam’s Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) year book page included a photo of two men at a party. One of the men in the photo wore a KKK costume, the other blackface. Governor Northam could not, in the moment, definitively say he was not one of those people. So Northam admitted he may have been in the photo, then retracted that admission the next day.
Democrats in Virginia, myself included, lined upto ask the Governor to resign. It got worse after his “Moon Walk” press conference, and speculation started about who Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax would appoint to take his place as LG after he took Northam’s place. But then the second scandal popped: accusations of sexual harassment against Fairfax. This shifted discussions to succession in Virginia, and scenarios that would put House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox in the Governor’s mansion. Soon enough a third shoe dropped: Attorney General Mark Herring volunteered that he had once appeared in blackface himself.Continue reading