Virginia Train Wreck: Lt. Governor Who Would Replace Northam Accused Of Sexual Assault

Virginia Democrats have found themselves in a horrible position. Governor Ralph Northam may resign over the scandalous racist photo found in his medical school yearbook. The man who would replace him is Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax and he is now embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal.

The Washington Times reports:

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax says he had consensual sex with woman who accuses him of assault

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on Monday said he had a consensual one-night stand with a woman in 2004 who now accuses him of sexual assault, saying that he is the victim of a political “smear.”

“Everything was 100 percent consensual. Not only that, the same person called me sometime later and wanted to meet with me, wanted to come visit me … wanted me to meet her mother,” Mr. Fairfax told reporters in Richmond.

Attributing sinister motivations to his accusers, Mr. Fairfax said he took Biblical advice and donned “armor of God” that “allows us to deal with the devil’s schemes and tricks.”

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The sexual assault allegation swamped Mr. Fairfax as he stood poised to become governor if Gov. Ralph Northam heeds unrelenting calls to resign over a racist yearbook photo.

Mr. Northam and Mr. Fairfax are both Democrats, and the dual scandals left the party reeling.

The lieutenant governor, who is black, was widely viewed as their party’s savior when Mr. Northman was linked to a photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook that showed somebody in blackface with another person in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

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Mr. Fairfax said the timing of the sexual assault allegation pointed to a political motivation.

How will this end? There doesn’t seem to be a positive way out.



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