By Ted Shockley
Organizers of a rare joint meeting of Delmarva’s governors are taking a wait-and-see approach in the wake of calls for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s resignation amid questions about a racist photo in his medical school yearbook.
The event, called “A Conversation with the Governors of Delmarva,” is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11 at Salisbury University. It is sponsored by the Greater Salisbury Committee.
“Like many, we are watching closely he unfolding news regarding Gov. Northam,” said Mike Dunn, the committee’s chief executive.
“How and if this affects our event will become clear in the days ahead.”
Dunn has called the meeting “historic,” saying the three governors of Delmarva have never appeared together at a function on the peninsula.
Northam agreed to participate in the event and as of Monday has not declined the invitation.
After a tumultuous weekend in which Northam first admitted that he was in the racist year photo, then decided he wasn’t, then admitted to appearing in blackface more than 30 years ago while doing a Michael Jackson impersonation while in the Army, Northam attended services on Sunday morning at First Baptist Church in Capeville.
It was his only public appearance Sunday.