Virginia Democrat says Northam is ‘man without a country right now’

Virginia Democrat says Northam is ‘man without a country right now’
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Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyHouse passes series of measures hitting Russia, Putin Exclusive: Biden to run for White House, says Dem lawmaker Dems struggle to turn page on Omar controversy MORE (D-Va.) said Monday that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is "a man without a country," a comment that comes as Northam faces calls to resign over a controversy involving a racist photo.

"This needs a little bit of time for the governor to understand that his moral authority has collapsed," Connolly said on MSNBC's "Meet The Press Daily." "And his ability to govern … is nonexistent. The governor can't go to the General Assembly and advocate for an amendment or a bill with any credibility."

Connolly added that Northam's "own party has abandoned him" and predicted that no candidate on the ballot in state elections this November would want to be associated with him. 

"He’s a man without a country right now. And I think he’s going to see that in short order," Connolly concluded. 

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The Virginia lawmaker's comments come days after a photo surfaced showing a man wearing blackface standing next to another dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe on Northam's 1984 medical school yearbook page. 

Northam has apologized for the photo, but on Saturday denied that he was in 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," he said in a press conference. 

Northam has faced calls to resign from a range of Democratic and Republican leaders, including advocacy groups such as the NAACP. Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) also has called on him to step down. 

But Northam has so far refused. He convened an unscheduled senior staff meeting on Sunday to discuss his options, according to The Washington Post.