Virginia Lt Gov Claims Sexual Assault Allegations, Northam Scandal May Help Him Run for Governor

Jay Paul/Reuters

Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (D-Va.) is convinced that his sexual assault allegations and ties to blackface-wearing Governor Ralph Northam (D-Va.) could help is gubernatorial bid.

In February, Northam was embroiled in scandal after a former classmate — who was outraged by the governor’s comments on late-term abortion — drew attention to Northam’s yearbook page which included a photo of two men, one in blackface and the other in a Ku Klux Klan robe.

Northam originally apologized, then denied that he was in the photo. He did, however, admit to wearing blackface as part of a Michael Jackson dance competition in a press conference about the yearbook photo. In the same press conference, Northam also cracked a joke about the difficulties of washing off shoe polish and nearly attempted to moonwalk.

The governor’s national scandal thrust Fairfax into the spotlight, as he would have been the man to fill Northam’s shoes if he were to resign. While Fairfax was in the headlines, two women came forward with accusations of sexual assault.

Fairfax didn’t handle the accusations well. He claimed that Northam had leaked the accusations to protect himself from calls for his resignation. He also didn’t have kind words for his accusers, according to reports.

Both Northam and Fairfax — and third-ranking Democrat Attorney General Mark Herring (D-Va.) who also admitted to wearing blackface — all remained in office, despite calls for their resignations.

Due to Virginia’s policy on term limits, Northam will not be eligible to run for reelection in 2022, but Fairfax could seek the office if he chose to do so.

In an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Fairfax claimed that the scandal helped boost his name recognition and could help his election odds if he chooses to run.

“Many people a year ago would not have recognized me, now they really do,” Fairfax told the Times-Dispatch. “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.’”

This comment raised a lot of eyebrows. Many were outraged that the Virginia legislature has refused to allow Fairfax’s accusers to testify about the allegations against the lieutenant governor.

Fairfax will have plenty of time to consider his gubernatorial bid, as the election isn’t until 2022.

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Otis
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It seems ol’ Virginny’s state government needs an enema. The D.C. sprawl has certainly been a detriment to the good people who live there.

Charles Bennett
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Charles Bennett

I love it when the media uses the term “allegations”. Allegations my butt. Both of these miscreants are guilty of the “allegations” brought against them. The only difference is that they will be forgiven for their misdeeds and probably “lionized” by the left for “their” victim status.

Screwtape
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Wait what? Credible accusations of rape from credible witnesses are a plus? Clearly “every woman must be believed” only applies when it’s convenient or the accused is not a Dimocrat.

Shades of Slick Willie.

Joey
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Joey

I guess we will see if the women in the democrat party really support women as they always claim. All I heard when Kavanaugh was accused was believe the woman. Time will tell here, will it be believe the woman or believe the woman unless you accuse a democrat?

michelle p
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I used to live in North Virginia, boy am I happy to be out of that state. Like other liberal states, their taxes and corruption are getting out of control! Currently living now in a state-income tax free and vehicle personal property tax free state…..TEXAS!!

Tom Bodine
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This will be on the voters of Virginia won’t it ?

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