Va. Gov. Northam Came Close to Quitting

09 February, 2019, 05:26 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Virginia Blackface Scandal Ensnares Top State Republican

Fairfax swiftly denied the allegation and called for an investigation into the accusations. He called the latest allegation "demonstrably false", and vowed he would not step down. "I have never forced myself on anyone ever", Fairfax said.

Mr Fairfax, 39, said in a statement to U.S. media: "I deny this latest unsubstantiated allegation".

"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".

"I have passed two full field background checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and run for office in two highly contested elections with nothing like this being raised before", he wrote.

Meredith Watson alleged that Fairfax's assault on her was "premeditated and aggressive" when they both attended Duke in 2000 and that the two were friends but not romantically involved, according to a statement from her legal counsel, the firm Smith Mullen.

In a statement, the governor said he was "deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now".

"The first indication I had that she felt that anything that had happened between us fifteen years ago made her uncomfortable was when I was contacted by a national media organization shortly before my inauguration in 2018", he continued.


The pressure on Northam reached a crescendo Saturday when almost the entire Virginia Democratic establishment, as well as nearly every Democratic presidential hopeful, called on him to resign. "It is unacceptable that either of these weighty responsibilities be entrusted to someone who has engaged in the behavior described by Dr. Tyson and Meredith Watson, particularly in the light of Gov. Northam's situation, which we continue to believe requires his resignation".

Duke campus police have no criminal reports naming Fairfax, university spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said. If Fairfax is claiming a one-night stand and Tyson simply doesn't do one-night stands because of past experiences, who's lying? "To be very clear, I did not want to engage in oral sex with Mr. Fairfax and I never gave any form of consent", Tyson said in the statement. "For these reasons we believe that Justin Fairfax can not continue to serve at Lt. Governor of Virginia and should step aside". It is no longer appropriate for him to serve.

Northam told staff at a meeting that he won't leave the governor's office and plans to serve out the next three years of his term in spite of an ongoing scandal over his use of blackface in the 1980s. Now Herring is struggling to shore up his political support amid calls for his resignation.

Northam, 59, and Herring, 57, both white, have apologized in recent days for the blackface incidents.

Northam has come under fire since Big League Politics last week surfaced the governor's page from the 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook, which features a photo of a person wearing blackface and a person wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit standing side by side.

Lisa Boothe said that "all three" of the state's top Democrats are "facing their own crises" this week.

The improbable scenario of the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general all forced by scandal to resign has raised the prospect of the Democrats losing the governorship to a Republican - Kirk Cox, who as speaker of the House of Delegates is third in the line of succession under the state's constitution.

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