VA GOP, MoveOn call for Gov. Northam to resign (Update: Sen Harris joins in)

Gov. Northam’s statement of apology suggests he doesn’t have any plans to leave office over his blackface photo, but groups on the right and left are already calling for him to resign. The VA GOP chairman issued a statement saying as much.

Virginia Senator member Dick Black agreed:

But it’s not just people on the right calling for his ouster. Some familiar faces on the left have done the same:

I’ve never been a fan of Symone Sanders but she nails it here: “If this were a Republican…”

Harry Reid’s former Chief of Staff: also called for him to resign if the photo were confirmed, which it has been:

So we’re hearing from quite a few people who are activists affiliated with the party but, so far, not from any of the top party leaders or elected officials. For instance, what do Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner have to say? The photo has been circulating for at least 4 hours and so far nothing from them.

Meanwhile, this probably won’t help Northam’s case much. From CBS News:

CBS News uncovered a page from Northam’s yearbook at the Virginia Military Institute which had nicknames listed underneath his name. One of them was “Coonman,” a racial slur.

Does Northam apologize for that too or ignore it?

Update: The head of NARAL joins in.

And the head of the NAACP:

Still waiting on elected Democrats to say something. Also, where is Sen. Kamala Harris. Here’s what she posted the night Northam was elected:

Update: As if on cue, here comes Sen. Harris.

Here come the big guns:

Ouch! Here’s the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Earlier this week, Northam made remarks about late-term abortion that troubled many of his constituents. Some of the attacks against him were cynical and misleading. But the governor’s remarks on such a sensitive subject were intemperate and careless. We deserve better from our leaders, especially given the current national political environment.

But it is the revelation of a photo from his medical school yearbook page, showing a man in blackface standing next to someone dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes, that injures his standing and reputation beyond repair. We all act foolishly in our youth. But a college graduate, studying to be a physician, in a state with Virginia’s troubled racial history, should know better than to reduce that history to a callous joke. The photograph reveals a lack of adult judgment that is disturbing. It does not erase Northam’s service in the military or his compassion as a physician. It does, however, strongly suggest that he should, for the good of Virginia, step down from its highest office and allow Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to succeed him.

I think he’s done. It’s just a matter of time until a few elected officials in his own state turn on him.

This is so true: