An African-American woman who says she was childhood friends with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) told CNN on Monday that Northam's record of service to the state should outweigh the damage done by a racist photograph discovered over the weekend on his yearbook page.

Carla Savage told CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" that she accepts Northam's explanation that he is neither of the two people depicted in a photo showing someone dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member and another wearing blackface.


"Ralph Northam is not the person who is depicted in the photograph that's on his page," Savage, a teacher in Norfolk, Va., told Cuomo. "If Ralph tells me he's not in that picture, I believe him."

"The good that I know my friend is capable of, the good that he's done for the commonwealth to date is going to win itself out if he's allowed to continue as governor," she continued. "So, Ralph is strong."

Northam at a press conference Saturday said he is neither of the two men in the photo and has resisted calls to resign, which have come from figures across the political landscape, including Virginia's two U.S. senators. A day earlier, however, he had apologized for the photo and on Saturday, he admitted to wearing blackface while dressing up as Michael Jackson.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNew York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff Top GOP super PAC spent money on NC Democrat Hillicon Valley: Intel officials warned lawmakers Russia interfering in 2020 | Pompeo condemns Russian cyberattack on country of Georgia | Tech activists see Kickstarter union as breakthrough | Pentagon agency suffers data breach MORE (D-N.Y.) added his voice to the mix calling for Northam's resignation on Monday, retweeting a call from the top members of Virginia's congressional delegation for Northam to leave office.

"It’s past time. Governor Northam should resign so Virginia can move forward," Schumer said in a tweet.