Virginia congressional Democrats hint at path for easing political crisis

Virginia Blackface Scandal Ensnares Top State Republican

In a statement, Fairfax said: "I deny this latest unsubstantiated allegation".

But that grew significantly more complicated in the next days, as a woman came forward to accuse Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) of sexual assault.

"It is clear to me that he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Governor".

Most Virginia Democrats, however, privately want Northam to stay in office until more information comes out about Herring and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, according to the Washington Post.

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax addresses the media in response to Gov. Ralph Northam's statement on February 2.

But Fairfax is just one of three top Virginia legislators embroiled in personal scandals. "Watson is reluctantly coming forward out of a strong sense of civic duty and her belief that those seeking or serving in public office should be of the highest character", Watson's lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith, said Friday.

Fairfax said the allegation was part of a "vicious and coordinated smear campaign" orchestrated against him. Tyson graphically detailed the alleged assault, but Fairfax has denied it, saying that the encounter was consensual.

Northam, a former US Army doctor who took office a year ago, has resisted mounting pressure to resign since a racist photo from his 1984 medical school yearbook page surfaced last week. "I call for his immediate resignation".

Numerous state's Democrats have called on Northam to step down over the yearbook photo, which shows one person in blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan attire.

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Asked if that meant he wanted to be able to strike against Iran, Trump said , "No, because I want to be able to watch Iran". In both Syria and Iraq, local forces remain heavily reliant on support from the US -led coalition, the report said.

Kurtis Blow has issued a response to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's explanation for wearing blackface.

Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment was managing editor of the 1968 yearbook for the Virginia Military Institute.

"She said she couldn't speak, but she was trying to get up and he kept pushing her down", said Ms Adams.

Fairfax, 39, noncommittal about whether Northam, 59, should resign, stands accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a Boston hotel room in 2004.

A top Virginia Republican has joined a growing list of Democrats under fire for past racially insensitive photos and costumes.

Northam has faced widespread calls for his resignation - including from the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, which reiterated its initial condemnation of his actions in a statement released Thursday.

Questions over whether there are any racist skeletons in Cox's closet arose this week because he is the third in line for Gov. Ralph Northam's job, after Attorney General Mark Herring.

The improbable scenario of the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general all forced by scandal to resign has raised the prospect of the Democrats losing the governorship to a Republican - Kirk Cox, who as speaker of the House of Delegates is third in the line of succession under the state's constitution.

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