Larry Sabato Discusses Democratic Party, Justin Fairfax Following 2nd Allegation

Virginia state Sen. Tommy Norment

The Democratic party of Virginia called for the state's lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, to resign after two women accused him of sexual assault. His words appear to also reference two sexual assault allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax as well as the admission of Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring that he wore blackface during a party in college.

The statement said it was a "premeditated and aggressive" assault and that while Watson and Fairfax had been social friends, they were never involved romantically.

"He revealed that Ms. Watson was the victim of a prior rape", Nancy Erika Smith, Watson's attorney, wrote in the second statement.

According to her lawyer, Watson wants Fairfax to resign.

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.

Fairfax denied the allegation and said in a statement: "I will not resign". He called the latest allegation "demonstrably false", and vowed he would not step down.

"Virginia really is facing the equivalent of a #MeToo moment on race, where the behavior of people in the Virginia of 30 years ago is running headlong into a very different Virginia of today", says Stephen Farnsworth, a political science and worldwide affairs professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Such an investigation will confirm my account because I am telling the truth. "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".

The drama following Virginia's state leadership is spiraling out of control as a second woman comes forward to accuse Fairfax of sexual assault.

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In that statement, Tyson described a forceful act where Fairfax held down her head with his hand to perform oral sex on him inside the hotel room.

Democratic U.S. House members 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.

Gov. Ralph Northam was in attendance at Saturday's funeral for a state trooper killed in a shootout. The governor, also a Democrat, earlier this month admitted to using blackface, after the discovery of a racist image on his page in a decades-old yearbook.

Fairfax has vehemently denied both allegations against him and told anyone who would listen on Friday that he believes he will be able to move past this scandal by telling his story.

Republican Kirk Cox, speaker of the Virginia House, would become governor if all three resign. "These allegations are horrific, they need to be taken very seriously".

According to Watson's attorneys, former classmates have provided statements corroborating the allegations and that she "immediately told friends that Fairfax had raped her".

That call was echoed by almost every member of Virginia's national congressional delegation, including Rep. Jennifer Wexton. Fairfax, 39, is first in line to succeed the state's embattled governor, Ralph Northam, a fellow Democrat under fire for admitted racially offensive behavior in 1984. She doesn't think anyone will step down, and as a loyal Democrat, she's not sure they should turn over the state to Republicans. Elaine Luria, Abigail Spanberger, Jennifer Wexton, Don Beyer and Gerry Connolly who issued a joint statement.

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