Northam’s Potential Successor VA Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax Accused Of Sexual Assault
Virginia is still roiling with drama and scandal this morning. Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has now been accused of sexual assault by a woman named Vanessa Tyson according to both Democrat and Republican operatives on the ground. Fairfax has issued a strong pre-dawn denial this morning. The incident occurred 15 years ago. Fairfax is poised to succeed Gov. Ralph Northam who both sides are demanding resign over a racist photo from his 1984 medical school yearbook showing two men… one in blackface and one in a KKK hood.
Fairfax is calling the accusation “defamatory” and “false.” “Lt. Governor Fairfax has an outstanding and well-earned reputation for treating people with dignity and respect,” Fairfax’s chief of staff and communications director said in a statement Monday. “He has never assaulted anyone—ever—in any way, shape, or form.”
— Justin Fairfax (@LGJustinFairfax) February 4, 2019
“Imagine you were sexually assaulted during the DNC Convention in Boston in 2004 by a campaign staffer. You spend the next 13 years trying to forget it ever happened” Tyson wrote. “Then by strange, horrible luck, it seems increasingly likely that he’ll get a VERY BIG promotion.” Tyson is currently a professor at Scripps College in California. But the statement from Fairfax’s communications director seemed to reject the woman’s claim.
The same web site that broke the Northam racist photo story broke this one as well… Big League Politics. They are making the mainstream media look very, very bad. When the photo of Northam surfaced, the governor first said he was one of the men in costume, then denied being one of them but admitted to doing a blackface imitation of Michael Jackson. Northam is having severe credibility issues now. For now, he is refusing to resign.
From Fox News:
“The blog, in the post that prompted Fairfax’s denial, claimed that a fellow at Stanford University said a man sexually assaulted her at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Mass.
“Imagine you were sexually assaulted during the DNC Convention in Boston in 2004 by a campaign staffer. You spend the next 13 years trying to forget it ever happened. Until one day you find out he’s the Democratic candidate for statewide office in a state some 3000 miles away, and he wins that election in November 2017,” a post from the reported accuser said, according to the blog. “Then, by strange, horrible luck, it seems increasingly likely that he’ll get a VERY BIG promotion.”
“She did not name Fairfax, but the report implied she was referring to the lieutenant governor, who then responded to it.
“But in his denial, Fairfax explained that the accuser “first approached the Washington Post” over a year ago, prior to his inauguration in 2018.
“The Post carefully investigated the claim for several months,” Fairfax’s office said in a statement. “After being presented with facts consistent with the Lt. Governor’s denial of the allegation, the absence of any evidence corroborating the allegation, and significant red flags and inconsistencies within the allegation, the Post made the considered decision not to publish the story.”
“Fairfax’s office added: “Tellingly, not one other reputable media outlet has seen fit to air this false claim. Only now, at a time of intense media attention surrounding Virginia politics, has this false claim been raised again.”
“The Lt. Governor will take appropriate legal action against those attempting to spread this defamatory and false allegation,” the statement read.”
“This is Vanessa Tyson’s private post. She gave permission to share this screenshot of her post. She’s a professor…”
— Culttture (@culttture) February 4, 2019
Fairfax condemned Northam’s racist photo and said he “cannot condone the actions from his past.” But he did not condemn Northam himself. It would seem he has his own skeletons to deal with now.
On Sunday night, Northam had an unscheduled meeting with key staff members and The Washington Post reported that resignation is an active consideration. The paper reported that there is another meeting set for Monday.
Now with both the governor and his possible successor in political hot water, it’s hard to tell exactly what will happen here.