Virginia’s scandals widen

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(NBC News) Pressure continues to mount on Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to resign over a racist photo published on his 1984 medical school yearbook page. 

Northam first apologized, then reversed course and denied he is one of the people in the photo showing a man in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood.

At the same time, he admitted to once darkening his skin as part of a Michael Jackson costume.

Meanwhile, Northam’s would-be successor, Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax is facing his own political firestorm after an uncorroborated, sexual assault accusation against him emerged, dating back to the Democratic National Convention in 2004, a charge Fairfax denies.

The lieutenant governor’s accuser has retained the same law firm that represented Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford, who last year accused then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. 

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