A second woman has accused Virginia's lieutenant governor of sexual misconduct, USA media reported Friday, further adding to the political turmoil in the eastern U.S. state. It all started when someone discovered Governor Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook which featured a. questionable picture.
Earlier in the week, Vanessa Tyson, a professor of political science at Scripps College, came forward with an allegation that Justin Fairfax had sexually assaulted her in 2004, while they were at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.
"Well then again, I could read this, not like the guy, and say, I got something that could show a pattern", Kilmeade countered.
Fairfax was removed from his position Friday, after a second woman came forward accusing him of sexual assault. In his statement on Saturday, he acknowledges both interactions with the women, but says both instances were consensual. "She turned and asked: "Why did you do it?' Mr. Fairfax answered: 'I knew that because of what happened to you previous year, you'd be too afraid to say anything.' Mr. Fairfax actually used the prior rape of his 'friend" against her when he chose to rape her in a premeditated way". "I am asking that no one rush to judgment and I am asking for there to be space in this moment for due process". And its leader noted that, while some Democrats initially demanded that Northam resign after the photo surfaced, there was a different response when Herring made his admission. But now, several nationally prominent Virginians within his own party are calling on Fairfax to resign as well.
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Fairfax denies both allegations.
Boyd, whose group says it represents 109,000 farmers across the country, said on Twitter afterward that he pledged his support to the governor and "urged him NOT to step down". "I call for his immediate resignation". Fairfax is one of the top three Democrats in Virginia, all of whom face potentially career-ending allegations of sexual misconduct or racism. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Virginia), Sen.
The Democrat - now a year into his four-year term - announced his intention to stay at a Friday afternoon Cabinet meeting, according to a senior official who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. "If I had it to do over I would step back and take a deep breath". "She told me she had been raped and she named Justin". The man said he finds it almost impossible to believe that Tyson would have performed oral sex without being forced. "Given the credible nature of the sexual assault claims against Lieutenant Governor Fairfax, it has become clear he can no longer fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the post".
Now, both the lieutenant governor and governor of Virginia are facing mounting pressure from their party, Sabato says, as the future of the Democratic Party in 2020 hangs in the balance. "As with Dr. Tyson's allegation, it needs to be investigated thoroughly because it impacts his ability to continue to serve the Commonwealth".