"That photo, and the racist and offensive attitudes it represents, does not reflect that person that I am today," the governor says in the just-released video, "or the way that I have conducted myself as a soldier, a doctor, and a public servant."
Response to the photo has been swift and seems nearly-unanimous, with many on the left and right calling for Northam to resign.
Among them, Senator Kamala Harris and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, both running for the Democratic nomination for president.
"I am deeply sorry," Northam says.
My fellow Virginians, earlier today I released a statement apologizing for behavior in my past that falls far short of the standard you set for me when you elected me to be your governor. I believe you deserve to hear directly from me. pic.twitter.com/1rSw1oxfrX
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) February 2, 2019
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