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Democrats say Virginia Gov. should resign

February 4, 2019

HARTFORD — Democratic leaders of the General Assembly on Monday said that they believe embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam should resign for racially insensitive episodes in his past.

But Gov. Ned Lamont, in a carefully crafted statement, stopped short of advocating for his resignation, but instead focused on the distraction it’s likely presenting to Northam’s effectiveness.

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“My focus is on advocating on behalf of every resident of the State of Connecticut,” Lamont said, after not responding to requests for comment over the weekend. “I would ask Gov. Northam to search his conscience to see if he believes he’s in a position to do the same for the residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia. I have a hard time, given everything that we’ve learned over the past three days, believing that he is.”

Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz and Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney, however, were more- adamant.

“I obviously can’t speak for the elected officials in Virginia and how they will handle this, but my position is that if it were the governor of Connecticut, I would be asking him to resign,” Looney, D-New Haven, said toward the end of a Capitol news conference that had focused on the goals of the legislative session. “Ditto,” Aresimowicz added.

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