Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Former Virginia Governor Calls For Democratic Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax's 'Immediate Resignation'

Former Virginia Governor Calls For Democratic Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax's 'Immediate Resignation'

"It is clear to me that he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Governor". Justin Fairfax of sexual assault. The statement characterizes Fairfax's attack as "premeditated" and "aggressive".

Lt. Governor Fairfax has also shown exceptionally poor judgment in his handling of these allegations. "I will clear my good name and have nothing to hide". He concluded by declaring: "I will not resign". The black caucus also called for an investigation of the Fairfax case, and said the attorney general must take more actions to "reassure" the state he is fit to lead.

Watson's lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith says in addition to the emails and Facebook messages, they have statements from Watson's former classmates, corroborating Watson's story.

The nearly exponential blackface scandal ensnaring the state's top Democratic leadership has now reached the upper echelons of the Old Dominion's Republican Party.

In 1968, Senate majority leader Thomas K. Norment was the managing editor of Virginia Military Institute's "The Bomb" yearbook, which featured multiple blackface photos and racist nicknames and slurs.

Northam immediately apologized for appearing in the photograph, saying he could not "undo the harm my behaviour caused then and today".

The Representatives join former Governor Terry McAuliffe who called for Fairfax's resignation earlier Friday afternoon.

A blurb under one man's picture says: "He was known as the "Barracks Jew" having his fingers in the finances of the entire Corps".

Republican Kirk Cox, speaker of the Virginia House, would become governor if all three resign.

Days later, sexual assault allegations against Fairfax surfaced against Fairfax, the lieutenant governor and the next-in-line should Northam resign. That pressure has tapered off as a cascade of scandals involving top politicians has rocked the state.

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Fairfax quickly denied the claim. Eastern Virginia Medical School has launched an investigation into all past yearbook photos.

The top three Democrats in Virginia's state government are now contending with various controversies, including Gov. Ralph Northam and state Attorney General Mark Herring admitting to having worn blackface in the 1980s.

Herring said he had donned blackface to imitate groundbreaking 1980s rapper Kurtis Blow, who weighed in on the matter on Friday. He has not indicated whether he is thinking of stepping down at this time. We believe these allegations need to be taken very seriously, and we respect the right of women to come forward and be heard.

We have each publicly called for Governor Northam to resign.

"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.

Sen. Dick Durbin (IL) excused himself from an opinion on the basis that he's from Illinois, has a lot he is working on, and that it is not one of those things: "I'm just not getting into it". That changed on Friday, with Democrats rushing to demand that Fairfax step down, too.

It is obvious that a vicious and coordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against me.

Yet, if Fairfax does not by Monday, Hope has pledged to file articles of impeachment.

Northam is facing calls from both parties to resign.

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