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Virginians Say Political Turmoil Does Not Reflect Their State

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PARKSLEY, Va.- First it was Virginia's governor, then the lieutenant governor and now the attorney aeneral--all with separate scandals. 

Despite a racist photo that surfaced, which appeared on Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page, he is resisting calls to resign.

There are even some reports that he's laying low, and has since hired a crisis communications firm. 

And now, a triple blow to Virginia politics, with Attorney General Mark Herring acknowledging he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a rapper, and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax who was accused of sexual assault.

Northam and Fairfax deny the allegations--but it's enough to have many in Virginia questioning their state's leadership.

"It's messed up and we're just in big trouble, big trouble so I just pray for them," Louella Fox tells WBOC. She's been living in the state for over 50 years. 

Fox says the news of blackface, as well as sexual assault is "surprising," but not at all what the state represents. 

"I was surprised and really disappointed. It's not a reflection of us, we're a good state."

Others like Frank Russell, who also lives in Parksley, says the allegations are terrible, and no one in Virginia could have seen this coming. 

But Russell says forgiveness is key, and he feels all three political leaders are still fit to do their jobs.

"It's a smear on Virginia that this has even come up. The only time we've been mentioned in a presidential address was for something like this, it's a shame. However, I do say forgive and move on. That's what the Bible says," he said.

Russell says digging into someone's past should not be tolerated. 

"Even though it looks bad, I think they should move on and do their job. It was a stupid mistake."

Some say Northam's controversy comes on the heels of other political ideals they disagree with. Some say this is the final straw.

"I can't understand how people can do this type of stuff and get away with it. I don't think they should ask him to resign, they should just tell him to get his hat, his coat, and vacate the premises," Paige Bailey said. 

It remains unclear how Northam, or the other politicians plan to move forward throughout their terms. 

 

 

 



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