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More Trouble For Virginia's Scandal-Plagued Lt. Governor

Jeff Katz
June 16, 2019 - 4:00 pm

Things just keep getting more dicey for Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax after his office announced he would not attend the Blue Commonwealth Gala Saturday after the Democratic party denied the lieutenant governor's political action committee (PAC) from giving a donation for a table in April. The Gala is the largest fundraising event of the year for the Democratic Party of Virginia.

The Gala, held at Richmond's Main Street Station, hosted several prominent guest speakers, including Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), former governor Terry McAuliffe and other Virginia elected officials. Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN) and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg were the headline speakers.

"Given the party's rejection in April, he's not coming," Lauren Burke, Fairfax's spokesperson told ABC 8News ahead of the event.

Fairfax's We Rise Together PAC was looking to reserve a table with a donation in April but the donation was denied. His office said the lieutenant governor was planning to invite a group of African-American pastors to the event. 

The DPV told 8News they appreciated Fairfax's office reaching out, but the party was "not comfortable" receiving the donation.

In a statement to 8News, Burke said: 

The Lt. Governor's We Rise Together PAC was planning to have a group of African-American pastors and other supporters sit at his table. He is innocent and has passed two polygraphs and repeatedly called for an investigation. DPVA has assumed he is guilty of a violent criminal act with no investigation or even a conversation to ascertain his version of events. 

This is beyond comprehension for a state party claiming dedication 'to the preservation of all the rights enumerated in Article One of the Constitution of Virginia.' That article, of course, provides for due process of law. If the Lt. Governor can't receive due process from his own party how can we assume the average Virginian can?"