Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has similarly refused to resign amid the resurfacing of a photo from his 1984 medical-school yearbook in which he is suspected of either wearing blackface or a Ku Klux Klan-like robe.
He told the Post that conversations this week with black state lawmakers, who are among those calling for him to resign, helped him better understand the history and hurtfulness of blackface, which he has admitted using in 1984 to portray Michael Jackson at a dance contest.
Today, Gov. Northam sat down with CBS "This Morning" to discuss the current quagmire his administration finds itself forced to deal with.
The second woman to accuse embattled Virginia lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault claims the alleged incident occurred a year after she said she was also raped by an unnamed Duke basketball player, A.J.
"Virginia needs someone that can heal", Northam said.
For instance, see below for video of Northam talking to CBS' Gayle King, and recounting how Virginia's "now at the 400-year anniversary - just 90 miles from here in 1619 - the first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores".
Comstock suggested probing who knew about the accusations against the lieutenant governor and when they knew about them. Beyer called that a "damning" number for a Democratic official in Virginia, despite 58 percent of the African-Americans surveyed saying Northam should stay in office.
Northam has refused to step down, despite demands from his peers and adversaries who want him to leave his post. While Northam said he won't resign in the wake of the scandal, if a scandal plaguing another person in Virginia's government proves to be true, he said Fairfax will have to resign.More news: Paul Merson reveals his prediction for Huddersfield v Arsenal
Herring admitted to wearing blackface in college. It is clear to me that he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Governor,"former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe tweeted Friday after Watson's allegation surfaced".
"It's obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do", Northam said in the interview, conducted at the Executive Mansion.
"I can only imagine that it must take tremendous courage for women to step forward and and talk about these things that are just so hurtful".
"At this time, Ms. Watson is reluctantly coming forward out of a strong sense of civic duty and her belief that those seeking or serving in public office should be of the highest character", Smith said, according to the written statement.
Comstock also said that there appears to be no confidence in the state's governor, Ralph Northam, either. On Friday, a second Fairfax accuser, Meredith Watson, accused him of raping her in 2000, while they were both attending Duke University. Fairfax has said encounters with his accusers in 2000 and 2004 were consensual and has asked the FBI to investigate. He told reporters that he's asked his Cabinet to come up with suggestions on how he can improve his commitment to eliminating racial bias within the state of Virginia, and "address issues of inequality" in various state programs.
He added: 'I overreacted. Ms. Watson stands ready, although it will be painful, to tell the Virginia Legislature what Mr. Fairfax did to her when she was 20 years old.
"Almost half of Virginians. say Northam should step down, while the same percentage said he should remain in office", the Hill reports. Fairfax has denied the allegations. "To do so, would violate any principles I have of faith that says a person can not change", he told AFP.