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Virginia governor says lieutenant governor may need to quit over allegations

Virginia governor says lieutenant governor may need to quit over allegations

"And again talking to a lot of friends that has come crystal clear to me this week". Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage, and who has a moral compass and that's why I am not going anywhere.

Many Democrats who had carefully withheld judgment after the first accusation against Fairfax, saying the matter needed to be investigated, immediately condemned him.

"I knew I was, Ms. King, but I didn't realize really the powerful implications of that", he said.

It also has stirred Democrats' concerns that political discord in Virginia, a key swing state in presidential elections, could flip it back into the Republican column in the 2020 White House race.

And as the scandal in Virginia continues to boil, she told CBS's Face the Nation that she also expects the state's No 2, Democratic lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax, will "do the right thing for Virginia and resign", citing "extremely credible" allegations of sexual assault made against him last week by two women. Although the party has taken an nearly zero-tolerance approach to misconduct among its members in this #MeToo era, a housecleaning in Virginia could be costly: If all three Democrats resigned, Republican state House Speaker Kirk Cox would become governor.

A second woman, Meredith Watson, has accused Fairfax of rape in 2000.

One Virginia state legislator, Democrat Patrick Hope, said he's planning to introduce articles of impeachment against Fairfax if he doesn't resign.

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"First of all what I plan to do.is to make sure that we have sensitivity training - in our Cabinet, in our agencies".

According to excerpts of the interview provided on Sunday by CBS, Northam was asked about allegations of sexual crimes, including rape, that have been made by two women against Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, a fellow Democrat and the state's second-highest elected official. Fairfax has asked the FBI to investigate the assault claims against him. Steve Newman, the Senate's pro tem, serve as both a voting senator and temporary lieutenant governor.

Northam has pledged to remain in office despite public pressure. The Northam episode has shown "that Sweet Old Dixie is still around", Minor, 44, said, using a nickname for the Southern states of the Confederate era.

Northam told the Washington Post he's asked his cabinet secretaries to come up with specific proposals to begin addressing issues of inequality, such as expanding access to health care, housing and transportation, and to begin reporting those suggestions on Monday.

Virginia slid deeper into crisis on Wednesday, when Attorney General Mark Herring acknowledged wearing blackface at a college party in 1980, and Fairfax was publicly accused of sexual assault for the first time.

"I have passed two full field background checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and run for office in two highly contested elections with nothing like this being raised before", he said.


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