Calling For The Resignation Of Governor Ralph Northam

Calling For The Resignation Of Governor Ralph Northam

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -- Following the release of a racially offensive photograph from his 1984 medical school yearbook on Friday afternoon, Gov. Ralph Northam resisted several calls for his resignation, some coming from previous supporters, in a video statement on Twitter. 

The governor's tweet reads: "My fellow Virginians, earlier today I released a statement apologizing for behavior in my past that falls far short of the standard you set for me when you elected me to be your governor. I believe you deserve to hear directly from me."

Despite calling the photo from his yearbook "clearly racist," Gov. Northam affirmed his intentions to serve out his term as Virginia's governor in the video:

"I can't change the decisions I made, or cannot undo the harm that my behavior caused then, and today. But I accept responsibility for my past actions and I'm ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust. I have spent the last year as your governor fighting for a Virginia that works better for all people. I'm committed to continuing that fight for the remainder of my term and living up to the expectations you set for me when you elected me to serve. Thank you." 

In a break from mounting pressure to step down, former Virginia Governor L. Douglas Wilder is taking a different approach. In a series of tweets sent Saturday morning, Wilder indicates he feels the choice to stay in office or resign should be made by Northam.

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