And in statements Thursday night, the state legislature's Black Caucus and Virginia's Democratic congressional delegation reiterated calls for the governor to step down, while the state House Democrats - who also previously called for Northam's resignation - said they remain disappointed in him.
"It is clear to me that he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Governor".
The declaration comes roughly a week after a racist yearbook photograph sent Virginia's Capitol into disarray, and as most state lawmakers decamp Richmond back to their home districts for the weekend.
The delegation - consisting of the state's two U.S. senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and seven USA representatives - repeated its call for Northam to resign, and said the allegations against Fairfax "need to be taken very seriously", though it stopped short of demanding a formal investigation. A woman says Fairfax's possible promotion compelled her to publicly accuse him of sexually assaulting her 15 years ago in an encounter Fairfax says was consensual.
The three men, all Democrats who ran on the same ticket during Virginia's last election in 2017, continued to largely avoid the public and news media on Thursday. "I call for his immediate resignation", McAuliffe wrote on Twitter.
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The tumult began last Friday afternoon, when Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page surfaced with a picture of one person in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.
Numerous state's Democrats have called on Northam to step down over the yearbook photo, which shows one person in blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan attire. Northam at first admitted he was in the picture, then denied it a day later, but acknowledged he once put shoe polish on his face to look like Michael Jackson for a dance contest in 1984. Upon the photos recently being uncovered on the internet, Virginia's Attorney General, Mark Herring, responded to say that he dressed up as Kurtis Blow at a college party in 1980, thus giving his explanation as to why he was wearing the controversial makeup in the photo. Republican state Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment was the managing editor of the Virginia Military Institute's (VMI) yearbook in 1968, which featured a variety of racist images and slurs.
Through her attorney, Meredith Watson said she shared her account of sexual assault immediately after it happened with several classmates, who have provided statements.
"Senator Norment has emphatically condemned the racist and abhorrent photos in the yearbook, as do I", said Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox.
Indeed, at this point, perhaps we need to ask which Virginia politicians haven't been involved in blackface scandal in the past. Fairfax called that allegation a political smear.