Black Caucus again calls on Northam to resign

Manassas VA. He admitted on Feb. 6 2019 that he wore blackface to a college party amid the controversy surrounding resurfaced

Manassas VA. He admitted on Feb. 6 2019 that he wore blackface to a college party amid the controversy surrounding resurfaced

"We've got a lot to digest", the group's chairman, Del. No Democratic presidential contender candidate issued any statement calling for the resignations of Herring or Fairfax, whose accuser, Vanessa Tyson, is represented by the same law firm that represented future Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

The college professor who accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of a 2004 sexual assault has come forward - publicly identifying herself in a statement and describing the alleged attack in graphic detail.

Tyson said she issued the statement to counter Fairfax's attempts to discredit her after the accusation emerged in the media.

Wilkinson Walsh just successfully weathered allegations of sexual assault against a prominent public figure.

The crisis threatens to bring down all three politicians, all of them Democrats.

She claims she met Fairfax at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. "Given his false assertions, I'm compelled to make clear what happened".

With both Governor Ralph Northam and Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax contending with political scandals of their own, Herring was facing increasing scrutiny as the second in the line of succession to the state's leadership.

Fairfax has forcefully denied the allegations leveled by Tyson and responded to her lengthy statement on Wednesday by saying he had "never done anything like what she suggests".

Fairfax has repeatedly denied her allegations, saying the encounter was consensual and he is the victim of a strategically timed political smear. As calls continue for Northam to step down, Northam and Fairfax spoke Wednesday morning by telephone in a "very affable" conversation, according to an aide familiar with their chat.

Racial discrimination is more explicit in Virginia, which grapples with a legacy of slavery and white supremacy, but it also exists - in a more subtle form - in Oregon, Brown said. "She sounded resigned, yet disgusted, frustrated, and infuriated in a way that I can sadly recognize from personal experience".

At the Capitol, lawmakers were dumbstruck over the day's fast-breaking developments, with Democratic Sen. This is moving way too quickly.

The concern among Democrats is that the string of damaging stories could have ramifications in legislative elections later this year and, more critically, when statewide Democrats run in 2020 and 2021.

The party made big gains in 2017, in part because of a backlash against President Donald Trump, and has moved to within striking distance of a majority in both houses. If the three failing pols were Republicans, far stronger action would be taken.

In the event that Northam stepped down, Fairfax would succeed him.

The Democratic approach stands in contrast to the recent strategy by Republicans, who have stuck with Trump after he brushed off allegations of sexual misconduct to win the White House and weathered repeated scandals in office.

But the governor did admit that he had once applied shoe polish on his face - to imitate Michael Jackson during a 1984 dance contest.

Herring came down hard on Northam when the yearbook photo surfaced, condemning it as "indefensible", and "profoundly offensive".

He said that it was no longer possible for Mr Northam to lead the state.

"I accept full responsibility for my conduct", he said, adding that "the shame of that moment has haunted me for decades".

In a statement, Virginia Attorney-General Mark Herring said he now realized he showed poor judgment by dressing as a rapper.

Herring did not say he was stepping down.

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