Two staffers for Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax resigned in the midst of a series of scandals afflicting the state’s political leaders, including two accusations of sexual assault against Fairfax himself.
Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D.) has called on Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D.) to resign after another woman accused Fairfax of sexual misconduct, releasing a statement through attorneys on Friday.
Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax remains under fire after Stanford professor Vanessa Tyson accused him of sexually assaulting her at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. As I laid out Tuesday, his response to the allegation has been bizarre and erratic, including lying about his accuser’s story being debunked, threatening to sue the Washington Post when they reported otherwise, and accusing the whole thing of being a plot hatched by fellow Democrats. Since then, it’s also been reported that he privately said of his accuser “Fuck that bitch.”
Rep. Al Green (D., Texas) vowed Thursday to force a vote to impeach President Donald Trump, pointing to the racial controversies that have embroiled Virginia’s Democratic leaders to argue Congress needs to fight bigotry “starting at the top.”
Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams wouldn’t call on the embattled trio of Virginia Democrats to resign in an interview Thursday, saying they should take “responsibility for their decisions.”
Rep. Bobby Scott (D., Va.) was made aware of the sexual assault allegation against now-Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D., Va.) in 2017, more than a year before the accuser went public.