Virginia Governor Ralph Northam held a meeting Sunday night with his top staffers and calls continued for his resignation following the discovery of a racist photo appearing in his 1984 medical college yearbook page.
His likely successor, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, was not at the urgent session, according to the Washington Post and NBC News.
As political analysts debate when or if Northam should resign, Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox told the Richmond Times Dispatch that he has no plans to force Northam out of office.
"I think there’s a rightful hesitation about removal from office, because obviously you have to consider that to some degree you’re overturning an election," Cox told the newspaper.
The speculation comes after a Saturday afternoon press conference where Northam said he would not resign after initially releasing a statement Friday night apologizing for the photo featuring blackface and a KKK member then recanting saying he was not in the photo.