Everyone in Richmond, it seemed, was waiting Thursday for Virginia's legislative black caucus to respond.
"I'm willing to talk to anybody about honest conversations about how we move forward", said Del.
"We are going to govern - that's what our constituents want us to do", she said.
Mr Herring, 57, went public after rumours of a blackface photo of him had circulated at the Capitol for a day or more.
Meanwhile, pressure has been growing on Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, after a woman released a statement alleging that he had forced her to perform a sex act on him in a hotel room in 2004 during the Democratic National Convention in Boston.
"If Democrats don't take this seriously and begin an investigation, their credibility is lost", Nance said.
"Democrats have not learned the wrong lessons from Trump, and I'm glad about that".
"Mr Fairfax has tried to brand me as a liar to a national audience, in service to his political ambitions, and has threatened litigation", she said. "Given his false assertions, I'm compelled to make clear what happened".
With Virginia Governor and award-winning moonwalker Ralph Northam facing calls to resign over his apparent affinity for blackface, all eyes turned to the state's young rising star of a lieutenant governor and former Venable counsel Justin Fairfax. Fairfax denied the allegation, and claimed that his encounter with the woman had been consensual.
Asked earlier this week about the allegations against Fairfax, a series of high-profile Democrats reiterated their call for Northam to resign but wouldn't engage on that possibility in regard to Fairfax.
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Cox issued a statement calling the allegations against Fairfax "extremely serious" and said they need a "full airing of facts".
Cox and state Republicans have called on Northam to resign. "I have to take a breath and think about this". "We think the process is moving too rapidly", McShane said. GOP House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert said it would be "reckless" to comment.
Democrats have expressed fear that the uproar over the Governor could jeopardise their chances of taking control of the GOP-dominated Virginia legislature this year.
The prospect of all three stepping down has raised the improbable scenario of the Democrats suddenly losing the governorship to a Republican without an election.
In the event that Northam stepped down, Fairfax would succeed him. Trump, who has weathered a wide range of scandals involving himself and members of his administration, predicted the turmoil in Virginia over racially offensive behavior and alleged sexual assault would help flip the state back into the Republican column in the 2020 presidential elections.
Northam initially admitted and apologized for appearing in a medical school yearbook photo of two people - one in blackface and the other in Ku Klux Klan attire. Florida's recently elected Republican secretary of state last month resigned after a newspaper published a photo of him wearing blackface at a 2005 costume party. He said it was no longer possible for Northam to lead the state.
On Wednesday, though, Herring confessed that he and two friends dressed up to look like rappers, admitting: "It sounds ridiculous even now writing it".
"This conduct is in no way reflective of the man I have become in the almost 40 years since", he said.
"As I said in my statement this morning, I have nothing to hide".
"He said he was very sorry", Lucas said.
Herring did not say he was stepping down. That's because of a freakish win in 2018 in which Cox's election run was so close to his opponent that his name was pulled out of a ceramic bowl designed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.