Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Virginia congressional Democrats hint at path for easing political crisis

Virginia Blackface Scandal Ensnares Top State Republican Republican Virginia Senate leader edited yearbook with blackface photos
Andrew Cummings | 09 February, 2019, 04:12

Mr Fairfax's attack was premeditated and aggressive.

Ralph Northam (D) told staff on Friday that he definitely won't resign after previously leaving the door open to stepping aside, a source familiar with the meeting tells TPM. A two-thirds majority in the Senate is needed to remove Fairfax from office.

Fairfax, who was recently accused of sexually assaulting a woman while working at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, has now been accused by a Duke alumna of sexually assaulting her while they were undergraduate students on campus. The Daily Beast reports that Meredith Watson claims she was raped by Fairfax in 2000, when they were both students at Duke University.

Norment said in a statement that he "cannot endorse or associate myself with every photo, entry, or word on each page" but drew a distinction between the controversy facing him and that of Northam and Herring, who admitted they appeared in blackface.

"I demand a full investigation into these unsubstantiated and false allegations", Fairfax insisted.

Lauren Burke, Fairfax's spokesperson, told The Washington Post that Fairfax is "calling for an investigation on all of these matters".

It continued, "I will clear my good name and I have nothing to hide".

Fairfax said the allegation was part of a "vicious and coordinated smear campaign" orchestrated against him.

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"The use of blackface is abhorrent in our society and I emphatically condemn it", Norment said in a statement. Fairfax denied that accusation. A former boyfriend of Tyson's says, in essence, that she would not consensually have performed the act Fairfax admits she performed on him - oral sex. "I believe Meredith Watson and Dr. Tyson, and it was extremely courageous for them to come forward".

The allegation first became public Sunday evening on the conservative website Big League Politics.

Virginia's two USA senators and seven Democratic congressmen released a joint statement saying the sexual assault accusation must be investigated, and Herring must continue to have "in-depth discussions" if he is to regain the public's trust. "Mrs. Watson shared her account of the rape with friends in a series of emails and Facebook messages that are now in our possession", her statement said.

"The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible", former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe tweeted Friday.

The tumult in Virginia began late last week, with the discovery of a photo on Northam's 1984 medical school yearbook page that showed someone in blackface standing next to another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said on Wednesday that he had worn blackface to a party.

At the start of the week, Cox said there was little appetite among lawmakers to remove Northam through impeachment, saying resignation "would obviously be less pain for everyone".

"All survivors of sexual violence and harassment deserve to be supported and heard", they said, "and our commitment to that principle is more important than any political consideration".

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