Virginia deputy governor Fairfax accused of sexual assault

Adjust Comment Print

"Right now, Virginia needs someone who can heal".

But sitting in a stylist's chair at Supreme Hair Styling Boutique in Richmond on Friday, she shook her head in disgust when asked about revelations that Northam wore blackface 35 years ago. "Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage and who has a moral compass".

Ralph Northam told Gayle King of "CBS This Morning" that he contemplated resigning, but believes he can take the Commonwealth "to the next level" if he remains in office.

Watch the clip above, via CBS News.

King quickly interjected: "Also known as slavery". "And so this has been a real, I think, an awakening for Virginia".

"It's obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do", Northam said.

"Yes, yes", Northam replied, prompting exasperation from some commentators on social media.

If Fairfax were to leave, it's unclear who could replace him as lieutenant governor. "SIGH", tweeted Democratic operative Symone Sanders. Before slavery was fully institutionalized in the British colonies, some enslaved Africans were freed after working for a certain period of time or after a debt had been paid, according to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The state is in chaos with controversies engulfing the state's top three elected officials.

A second woman has accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault, prompting more calls for the resignation of a Virginia state official. We will also produce documentary evidence of Ms. Watson revealing to others the fact that Fairfax raped her. Fairfax says he "passed" two Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks.

Although the Democratic Party has taken nearly a zero-tolerance approach to misconduct among its members in this #MeToo era, a housecleaning in Virginia could be costly to them: If all three Democrats resigned, Republican Cox would become governor.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has vowed he is "not going anywhere" despite calls for him to resign after admitting he had worn blackface.

"I am writing to let you know that Justin Fairfax will be asked to step down from the Sanford School Board of Visitors pending the resolution of the serious and deeply distressing allegations that have been made against him", wrote Judith Kelley, dean of the Sanford School, in an email to the Sanford community Friday night. "To do so, would violate any principles I have of faith that says a person can not change", he told AFP. The Democratic caucuses of both chambers said in a statement that Fairfax, who presides over the Senate, "can no longer fulfill his duties".

President Trump on Sunday waded into the scandals roiling Virginia, tweeting that "African Americans are very angry at the double standard on full display" in the state.

FILE - Demonstrators hold signs and chant outside the Governor's Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Virginia, Feb. 2, 2019. Fairfax denied Watson's allegation as well.

Northam's attempts to make amends have yet to shift Democratic demands for his resignation. A cascade of calls for Fairfax to resign began Friday evening, mirroring the timing of last week's calls for Northam to resign.

"I understand that he wants - that he's feeling contrition, that he's feeling regret. We're in a position to really stop talking so much and now to take action with policy to address a lot of these inequities".

Justin Fairfax is a 39-year-old Democrat who won election in November.

But he acknowledged wearing blackface on a separate occasion that year while dressing up as Michael Jackson.

The Post reports that Northam seemed "chastened and subdued" as he recalled the past week of recognizing his personal failures upon the racist photo's release.

Comments