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Yearbook Staff Member to CNN: Northam Photo Likely Legit

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Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam (Steve Helber/AP)

By    |   Monday, 04 February 2019 10:16 PM

It is likely the racist photos appearing on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook page were submitted by him, a member of that yearbook staff insists.

Dr. William Elwood, who was part of the 1984 yearbook staff at Eastern Virginia Medical School, told CNN reporter Sara Sidner that each student submitted a sealed envelope of photos.

"The yearbook staff then took the sealed envelope, opened it up, and they placed the pictures on the actual personal page of each of the physicians who were graduating," CNN's Sara Sidner reported. "And I asked him, look, is it possible that you or someone on the staff accidentally mixed up the pictures and put somebody's picture on the wrong page and maybe that's how this picture ended up on Dr. Northam's personal page. And he said, anything is possible, but it is not probable.

"He said, either someone would have had to have done it maliciously or someone would have had to have done it mistakenly. But all of these pictures in this yearbook, they were in a locked area that only the staff could get in. And in his mind, it really doesn't seem possible that that would have happened."

Mediaite posted a clip of the report.

The photo in question shows two people, one in blackface and the other dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Northam initially confirmed he was one of the people in the photo, although he later changed his story to say he was not.

Northam has thus far refused to resign.

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