Inside Ralph Northam's plot for survival

Northam has spent the week in his office surrounded by a team of allies.

He hired IR+Media, a Washington crisis management firm run predominately by African Americans, after it was widely recognized that the governor needed assistance from a team not based in Richmond or even in Virginia. Many of the state-based political firms have ties to Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring, who are in the throes of their own bids to save their jobs…

This week, Northam has been largely holed up in his office and has not walked next door to the Capitol, where the legislature is in session, according to multiple lawmakers. Most of the legislators he’s called or texted are Republicans who had not called for him to resign. They include Sens. Jill Holtzman Vogel, Bill Stanley and Stuart, according to several people familiar with the situation. Northam has reached out to a few legislative Democrats, including state Sen. Jennifer McClellan and Del. David Toscano, they said.