Dems Call for Fairfax’s ‘Immediate’ Resignation After Second ‘Troubling’ Sexual Assault Allegation

Posted February 11, 2019

Many elected officials and presidential hopefuls have called for Fairfax to resign after two women went public with allegations of sexual assault this week.

The plot thickened on Friday when Fairfax was accused of raping a Duke University student in 2000.

Fairfax denied the new allegation, as he did the first, leveled earlier by Vanessa Tyson, a California college professor who said Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex on him at a Boston hotel in 2004.

Democratic lawmakers from Virginia have called on Fairfax to resign, as have Democratic senators Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Cory Booker of New Jersey - both 2020 presidential contenders - among others.

In his first interview since the release of a blackface photo in his medical school's yearbook, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam told the Washington Post Saturday that he vows to spend the remaining three years of his term pursuing "equity".

"You have placed your trust in me to lead Virginia forward - and I plan to do that", Northam said.

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President Donald Trump has weighed in on the controversy with several tweets.

"The long and short of it is that Fairfax is the one in trouble and unless he's impeached, he does not have to resign", Sabato said.

After staying out of sight since he faced the press on February 2 to deny he was pictured in the racist photo on his yearbook page, but admitting that he had worn blackface on another occasion, Northam, 59, returned to the public eye to attend the funeral of a slain state trooper.

Following the allegations against Northam, another scandal arose surrounding his Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax. And you know if you look at Virginia's history we are now at the 400 year anniversary, just 90 miles from here in 1619. Any accusation made through the student disciplinary process would be protected by student privacy laws, and Schoenfeld said the university couldn't comment or release further information.

Meanwhile, Gov. Ralph Northam pledged to work at healing the state's racial divide and made his first official appearance a week after a racist photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page surfaced and he acknowledged wearing blackface in the 1980s.

The lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith, said her team had statements from ex-classmates who said Watson "immediately" told friends Fairfax raped her.

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In his initial apology, Northam, a pediatric neurologist, said that the photo does not represent who he is now.

Duke did distribute a statement after the Virginia game, detailing its intent to investigate the claims.

Looking ahead, Northam said he has asked his cabinet secretaries to come up with specific proposals to begin addressing issues of inequality, such as expanding access to healthcare, housing and transportation, and to begin reporting suggestions this week.

Both men, who are white, have admitted to wearing a blackface while they were in college. To make this more of a joke, Northam has been assigned reading about the case for reparations, among other things, as he prepares to retool his agenda to highlight race and equality.

That may not satisfy Virginians, who, according to recent polls, are thoroughly divided on whether Northam should step down from office.

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