Virginia governor says lieutenant governor may need to quit over allegations

Virginia governor says lieutenant governor may need to quit over allegations

In its statement about Watson's accusation, Smith Mullin said the attack by Fairfax "was premeditated and aggressive", while also saying that Fairfax and Watson "were friends but never dated or had any romantic relationship".

Fairfax, 39, has said his encounter with a woman who accused him of forcing himself on her sexually in Boston in 2004 was entirely consensual. Northam, a Democrat, has faced calls to resign from prominent figures within his party but has not stepped down.

Rep. Don Beyer told CBS he's also sticking by his call for Northam to resign, noting that almost 40 percent of black Virginians said in a new Washington Post poll he should leave the governor's mansion.

Also on CBS, Representative Don Beyer called Northam's initial admission, and then denials, that he was in a racist photo "very bizarre" and said the governor had lost too much credibility to stay in office. All 140 legislative seats will be up for grabs in November and Democrats had previously been hopeful that voter antipathy toward President Donald Trump would help them cement Virginia's status as a blue state.

"The long and short of it is that Fairfax is the one in trouble and unless he's impeached, he does not have to resign", Sabato said.

He told King that despite the calls for him to step down, "I'm not going anywhere".

The political chaos surrounding the state's top two elected officials has also extended to the second-in-line to succeed Northam, Attorney General Mark Herring, who admitted that he had once darkened his face to imitate a black performer.

Fairfax was accused by two women of sexual assault, including rape by one of the women.

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"Well, I'm calling Virginia the Commonwealth of Chaos", Sabato said.

In the uproar immediately following revelations last weekend about Northam's 1984 blackface appearance and a racist yearbook photo of two individuals - one in blackface and the other dressed in white robes of the Ku Klux Klan - calls for Northam's resignation quickly escalated.

"The things that I did back in medical school and - and - in San Antonio were insensitive and I have learned since that they were very offensive", he told The Washington Post in an interview published on Saturday. "More than half of Republicans questioned - 56 percent - said he should resign, pollsters found, a sentiment echoed by 40 percent of Democrats". "And this is regardless of party because Northam, of course, is a Democrat", says Dagnes, who has studied and written extensively about political scandals. Fairfax has asked the FBI to investigate the assault claims against him.

"Our American values don't just work when it's convenient - they must be applied at the most hard of times", he said.

Northam said he planned to work for the rest of his term to address issues stemming from inequality, including improving access to health care, housing, and transportation.

If Northam steps down, Fairfax is next to line to become governor.

In a statement emailed to Heavy late Saturday night, attorneys Debra Katz and Lisa Banks say that their client Dr. Vanessa Tyson is "fully prepared to testify at impeachment proceedings and to cooperate with law enforcement in any investigation".