Northam Doesn’t Want To Resign Due To Concern Of Being Branded ‘Racist For Life’

on November 3, 2017 in Sterling, Virginia.
STERLING, VA - NOVEMBER 03: Virginia Democratic candidate for governor, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, answers questions while campaigning at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society following Friday prayers November 3, 2017 in ... STERLING, VA - NOVEMBER 03: Virginia Democratic candidate for governor, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, answers questions while campaigning at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society following Friday prayers November 3, 2017 in Sterling, Virginia. Virginia will elect the next governor of the state next Tuesday, November 7. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 5, 2019 7:36 a.m.
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During a “solemn” meeting with members of his Cabinet on Monday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) reportedly told those in attendance that he wants to clear his name and is concerned about being branded a “racist for life,” CNN reported.

According to a source in the meeting who spoke to CNN, Northam believes that the only way to redeem himself is not to resign, but to stay in office and persuade people that the photo is not reflective of who he is.

The source told CNN that the atmosphere was tense and many Cabinet members expressed concern that Northam may not be able to win back the trust of the people of Virginia.

“We are struggling here, there is no better way to put it. We all love the governor,” the person in the room told CNN. “We don’t think he has a racist bone in his body — but he can’t seem to explain this, and it is making it very difficult for us to stick by him.”

Read more of TPM’s reporting on the meeting here. <

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