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Fairfax: Sexual Assault Allegations Have Raised My Profile, So I May Run For Governor

Jeff Katz
June 21, 2019 - 4:22 pm

Are you ready for this? Scandal-plagued Justin Fairfax has said he is "thinking very seriously" about a run at the governor's seat in 2021, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. His reason? The sexual allegations he faces from two different women have raised his profile.

Even more perplexing is Fairfax claiming these allegations have actually raised his profile for good.

"Many people a year ago would not have recognized me, now they really do," Fairfax said during a roundtable with reporters. "People come up to me at gas stations, they say, 'Hey, we recognize you. We love you. We know what they are saying about you is false.'"

Fairfax has held fast that the allegations from Meredith Watson and Vanessa Tyson are false and a "smear campaign" to try and derail his rise to a higher office following Gov. Ralph Northam's blackface scandal. 

Both women have insisted on public hearings before the General Assembly to testify about their allegations under oath. Fairfax and Democrats, though, have repeatedly blocked any Republican attempts for a public hearing and have instead lobbied for a law enforcement investigation to avoid "partisan antics."