(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

Pressure Continues On Lieutenant Governor

Governor Makes First Public Appearance And Gives First Interview

February 09, 2019 - 1:06 pm
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -  The Democratic Party of Virginia is calling for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign.

Party chairwoman Susan Swecker issued a statement Saturday saying Fairfax can't serve effectively because two women this week made credible allegations of sexual assault.

The party joins a long list of elected officials and presidential hopefuls who have already called for Fairfax to resign.

Fairfax has emphatically denied both allegations and said he won't step down.

Until a week ago, Fairfax was a fast-rising star in the Democratic Party. He is only the second African-American to ever hold statewide office in Virginia.

The calls for Fairfax to resign come as Virginia's Democratic governor and attorney general are embroiled in scandals involving the past use of blackface .

 

The governor has made his first official public appearance since he denied appearing in a racist yearbook photo and admitted to wearing blackface.

Gov. Ralph Northam was in attendance at Saturday's funeral for a state trooper killed in a shootout. Northam was not listed as a speaker in the funeral program.

The service in the town of Chilhowie for Lucas B. Dowell was four hours west of the political tumult in Richmond.  The Governor also granted an interview to the Washington Post, telling the newspaper he wants to work on issues of racial equity.

Northam has ignored calls to resign for the past week after a racist photo surfaced from his medical school yearbook. He also admitted to wearing blackface as part of a Michael Jackson costume.

Attorney General Mark Herring also faces heavy criticism after he admitted to wearing blackface in college.

 

Meanwhile, The head of Virginia's House of Delegates is calling for the resignation of Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox said in a statement Saturday that Fairfax's ability to govern has been "permanently impaired" by "multiple, serious credible allegations" of sexual assault made recently by two women.

 

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