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Democrats muffle calls for Virginia resignations

POWER SHIFT:If all three Democratic officials, including the governor, quit over race and sex assault allegations, Republicans would take over the state’s top offices

AP, RICHMOND, Virginia

Former secretary of housing and development Julian Castro, who was the first presidential candidate to call for Northam’s resignation, told MSNBC it was important for the party to confront the issue.

“This can be painful,” Castro said. “But I’m confident that at the end of that day, what we’re going to have is not only a stronger Democratic Party, more importantly we’re going to have a stronger country that lives by these values of respect for everybody.”

Jennifer Wexton, a newly elected Democratic congresswoman representing Northern Virginia, tweeted: “I believe Dr. Vanessa Tyson.”

The National Organization of Women called for Fairfax’s resignation.

Part of the reticence to talk was clearly the speed at which the allegations surfaced.

Virginia Senator Barbara Favola showed signs of weariness when asked about the new allegations.

“I have to think about this, I really do,” she said. “I have to take a breath and think about this. This is moving way too quickly. My goal is to be fair to everyone concerned.”

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