RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- The clamor for the resignation of Virginia’s top two politicians eased on Monday, with some black community leaders forgiving Gov. Ralph Northam over the blackface furor and calling for a fair hearing for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on the sexual assault allegations against him.

Over the past several days, practically the entire Democratic establishment rose up to demand fellow Democrats Northam and Fairfax step down. But the tone changed markedly after the weekend.

A state lawmaker who had threatened to begin impeachment proceedings on Monday morning against Fairfax, Virginia’s highest-ranking black politician, set the idea aside after apparently running into resistance.

A group of black clergy and community leaders announced that they are willing to give a second chance to both Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring, while urging due process for Fairfax. Herring, like Northam, has admitted putting on blackface in the 1980s.

And a separate set of black leaders issued a letter that essentially mapped out a way for Northam and Herring to redeem themselves in office by fighting racism in Virginia. The governor has three years left on his term.

As the interlocking scandals engulfing Virginia’s top three elected Democrats developed, it became increasingly clear that it could be problematic for the party if Fairfax were summarily pushed out and the two white men managed to stay in power.

“We’d be opening ourselves up to allegations of racism,” said Carol J. Pretlow, a political science professor at historically black Norfolk State University.

“There are some people in the community, particularly the younger people who I teach, who automatically say once a black person gets in office, then the effort is ‘Let’s see what we can do to discredit him.'”

Similarly, Quentin Kidd, a political science professor at Virginia’s Christopher Newport University, said the way this plays out could look bad.