Mr Northam has come under pressure from almost the entire state and national Democratic establishment to resign after the discovery of a photo on his profile page in the Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook of someone in blackface standing next to a person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.
Tyson, an associate professor of political science at Scripps College in Claremont, California, said in her statement that the news that Fairfax might succeed Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam due to a scandal over Northam's racist yearbook photo had "flooded me with painful memories, bringing back feelings of grief, shame, and anger".
Mr Herring, 57, went public after rumours of a blackface photo of him had circulated at the Capitol for a day or more.
"I don't think Trump has changed the game", said Democratic strategist Dane Strother, who frequently works on campaigns in the South, noting Democratic Senator Al Franken's 2017 resignation after allegations of unwanted sexual advances were made against him. Tyson's depiction of events, along with Lt. Governor Fairfax's alleged statement of "f-- that b--", has garnered a lot of media and public attention.
Gillibrand stopped short of saying Fairfax should resign, nor did she explicitly state that she believes the allegations.
Cox issued a statement calling the allegations against Fairfax "extremely serious" and said they need a "full airing of facts".
Manchester United defender Phil Jones signs new deal until 2023
I want to see my players fight until the end. "When the chance came to buy him, I said, "Take this guy, because for me he could have a good future".
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, accompanied by his wife Pamela Northam announces he will not resign during a news conference in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. February 2, 2019. The party has prided itself on policing its own and hoped to contrast that record with the GOP's tolerance of misbehavior by President Donald Trump.
First - after former Today show host Megyn Kelly's statement that she though blackface was okay when she was growing up.
Despite the offensive nature of the medical yearbook photo, Cox expressed doubt that it would serve as adequate grounds for impeachment. "I think some of it is stupidity, honestly".
Northam has continued to cling to power, hunkered down in the governor's mansion in Richmond, despite facing calls to resign from nearly the entire Democratic party in Virginia, and a number of prominent black public figures. Northam initially said he was in the photo, then denied it, but acknowledged putting shoe polish on his face for a dance contest in Texas in 1984, when he was in the army.
Shortly afterward, the state's two USA senators and seven Democratic congressmen took a similar approach.
An American minstrel sub-industry of songs, sheet music, makeup, costumes and toys flourished through the mid-19th century even as the Northern and Southern states fought the Civil War that led to the abolition of slavery in 1865. In the statement, Herring admits that his friends suggested that they attend the party dressed as rappers. "I hate that Al Franken is gone, but he did what he thought was best", he said.