But wait, Northam isn't done prattling on: "Virginia needs someone that can heal".
He added, "That's why I'm not going anywhere".
Northam, meanwhile, insisted in an interview on CBS on Monday, that he would not resign over the 1984 yearbook picture, which showed a person in blackface next to another wearing the robes and hood of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan.
The governor originally acknowledged appearing in the photo and then backtracked the next day at a nationally televised news conference, where he said he did not believe he was in the photo, but did admit to donning blackface at a dance competition in Texas.
Northam also added to CBS that the first time he had seen the photo was after it had surfaced on February 1.
"We take the allegations against Justin very seriously", Nashelsky said.
He said he would "focus on race and equity" as his "commitment to Virginia" for the next three years.
Northam's political turmoil comes as the two other top Democrats in the state face their own potentially career-ending scandals, with allegations of sexual assault against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax - Northam's successor if the governor were to resign - and Attorney General Mark Herring acknowledging that he wore blackface at a party in 1980. The lieutenant governor released a statement Saturday repeating his strong denials that he ever sexually assaulted anyone.
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A huge number of Democrats are calling on Northam to resign, and Northam himself has said Fairfax should resign. If they were all to resign over these controversies, Virginia could be led by the Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates, Kirk Cox. Shortly thereafter Northam made a gaffe when he bragged about the state's 400 year history and King reminded him not to forget that part of that history included spreading slavery to the future United States.
A Virginia lawmaker on Monday backed off his plans to swiftly introduce an impeachment bill seeking the ouster of the state's leading black elected official as Democrats struggled to address revelations of past racist behavior and allegations of sexual assault roiling its highest levels of office.
"I know that sometimes", he said, "it's a case of 'I'm supposed to respond like this, ' and 'this is what's expected of me'".
Before leaving for the service in Chilhowie, a small town in the state's rural southwest corner, Northam doubled down on his determination to stay in office, pledging to promote racial reconciliation in the remaining three years of his term.
Watson alleges Fairfax raped her while they were students at Duke University in 2000, her attorney said in a statement. "Justin has agreed to cooperate with the firm's investigation".
Since a second woman came forward Friday with a sexual assault claim against him, the lieutenant governor has been asked to resign by the Democratic Party of Virginia, Sen.
Fairfax has said encounters with his accusers in 2000 and 2004 were consensual and has asked the FBI to investigate.
But as the museum makes clear, they were still slaves - Africans who were brought to these shores against their will, and forced to work without pay.
During an interview Sunday on CBS, Northam said the "first indentured servants from Africa" arrived in 1619.