Schumer calls on Northam to resign

Schumer calls on Northam to resign
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerWhy we need to build gateway now Campaign to draft Democratic challenger to McConnell starts raising funds Schumer congratulates J. Lo and A-Rod, but says 'I'm never officiating a wedding again' MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Monday that embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) should resign, following a yearbook photo that surfaced Friday showing a man wearing blackface and another dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe.
 
"It’s past time. Governor Northam should resign so Virginia can move forward," Schumer said in a tweet.
 
Schumer's comments — the first he's made since the scandal erupted Friday — join a growing chorus of Democrats pressuring Northam to step down, something the governor has, so far, refused to do. 
 
Sens. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOfficials dismiss criticism that Trump rhetoric to blame for New Zealand attack Kaine says Trump is 'using language that emboldens' white nationalists Mulvaney: Military projects impacted by wall funding haven't been decided yet MORE (D-Va.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerLive video of New Zealand shooting puts tech on defensive The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies first veto after latest clash with Senate GOP Senate Dem warns against Manafort pardon after sentencing MORE (D-Va.), along with Rep. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottTop Dems blast administration's proposed ObamaCare changes Virginia congressional delegation says it's 'devastated by’ Richmond Turmoil The Hill's 12:30 Report: AOC unveils Green New Deal measure | Trump hits Virginia Dems | Dems begin hearings to get Trump tax returns MORE (D-Va.), issued a joint statement on Saturday urging him to resign after a widely panned press conference. 
 
"After we watched his press conference today, we called Governor Northam to tell him that we no longer believe he can effectively serve as Governor of Virginia and that he must resign," they said in a statement. 
 
Though Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiMulvaney: Military projects impacted by wall funding haven't been decided yet Left-wing Dems in minority with new approach to spending Julian Castro hints at brother Joaquin's Senate run MORE (D-Calif.) didn't directly call for Northam's resignation in a tweet Saturday, she urged him to "do the right thing."
 
Northam has faced calls from Democrats and Republicans to resign over a 1984 yearbook photo. He initially apologized on Friday for "the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo."
 
He said during a press conference on Saturday that he was "appalled" when his staff showed him the photo on his yearbook page and that he was previously unaware of it. 
 
“When I was confronted with the images yesterday, I was appalled that they appeared on my page, but I believed then and now that I am not either of the people in that photo," Northam said during a press conference.
 
The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Northam called for an abrupt senior staff meeting but that he had not made a final decision on whether or not to resign.