Va. Democrats Call For Fairfax's Resignation After 2nd Accuser Comes Forward

Va. Democrats Call For Fairfax's Resignation After 2nd Accuser Comes Forward

Va. Democrats Call For Fairfax's Resignation After 2nd Accuser Comes Forward

The second woman to accuse embattled Virginia lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault claims the alleged incident occurred a year after she said she was also raped by an unnamed Duke basketball player, A.J. Fairfax has denied the allegations. He called the latest allegation "demonstrably false", and vowed he would not step down.

Senior Democrats have already called on him to resign, including Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Tim Kaine and Elizabeth Warren.

"You have placed your trust in me to lead Virginia forward - and I plan to do that", said Northam, 59, who had stayed nearly entirely out of the public eye and the media since holding a news conference on Saturday to address the racial controversies that sparked Virginia's political crisis.

"The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible", McAuliffe said in a statement. "I will clear my good name and I have nothing to hide", he wrote, branding the allegations as part of a "vicious and coordinated smear campaign. being orchestrated against me".

At this time, Ms. Watson is reluctantly coming forward out of a strong sense of civic duty and her belief that those seeking or serving in public office should be of the highest character.

Blackface, which both Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring have admitted to using decades ago, has always been unacceptable within communities of color, but in white communities, "it was quite acceptable", says Donathan Brown, a race and public policy professor at Ithaca College. Virginia's Democratic lawmakers have all called for Northam to resign since he admitted to dressing up in blackface at a press conference last weekend.

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On Friday night, Fairfax is now facing calls to resign after a former fellow student from his college days said he raped her while they were at Duke together back in 2000.

Ms. Watson shared her account of the rape with friends in a series of emails and Facebook messages that are now in our possession. However, a biography in the book reveals that one of Northam's nicknames was "Coonman" and that he served as the president of the Honor Court. Northam, especially, owes his 2017 election to African-Americans, and in particular African-African-American women, 91 percent of whom voted for Northam over Republican Ed Gillespie.

"We believe that allegations of sexual assault must be taken with the utmost seriousness", Swecker said.

His first accuser, Vanessa Tyson, came forward last week with allegations that he forced her to perform oral sex on him in his hotel room at the Democratic Party convention in Boston in 2004. The two had an encounter that Tyson said began with consensual kissing but then turned frightening when Fairfax became aggressive. They want Fairfax to know that he's got no political cover left, and that the votes for impeachment are already locked in - unless Republicans decide to pull his chestnuts out of the fire.

Many Democrats who had carefully withheld judgment after the first accusation against Fairfax, saying the matter needed to be investigated, immediately condemned him. Dillard also suggested an African-American liaison in the governor's office, to establish a pipeline for young blacks to rise to meaningful positions in government. Boyd told Reuters the two men prayed together and "we asked for forgiveness".

"Lt. Governors Hall-Long and Habib have been leaders of this organization and are fully committed to making a meaningful difference in the future and direction of our country", DLGA Executive Director Roshan Patel said in a statement.

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