Virginia House Republicans added their voices Saturday morning to the swelling chorus calling on Gov. Ralph Northam to step down in the wake of the publication of a racist photo from his medical school yearbook.
House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, Majority Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, and other GOP leaders said in a statement they were “shocked and repulsed” by the image, which they said is “as unacceptable in 1984 as it is today.”
They said they “withheld judgment” while waiting for an explanation from Northam.
“We agree with the powerful words of our colleagues in the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and believe that because of this photo the governor has lost the confidence of the citizens he serves,” the statement says.
“While we respect the governor’s lifetime of service, his ability to lead and govern is permanently impaired and the interests of the commonwealth necessitate his resignation.”