Virginia congressman knew about Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax allegation a year ago

Saturday, 09 Feb, 2019

Vanessa Tyson, now a professor at Scripps College in California, alleged that she accompanied Fairfax to his hotel room while attending the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Harris said "I think that the the letter written by the woman reads as a credible account and I think there should be an investigation to get to the bottom of it and determine the facts". "And it is incumbent on us to believe the women - 92 to 97 percent of women of those who come forward are telling the truth".

On Sunday, the conservative blog Big League Politics published a post accusing Fairfax - a Democrat - of assaulting Tyson, based on her private Facebook post.

"What began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault", Tyson said in a statement.

Virginia's Attorney-General has admitted to having worn blackface at a college party and a woman has gone public with detailed allegations of sexual assault against the Lieutenant Governor, deepening the political crisis for Democrats in the U.S. state.

Asked Thursday whether Ms. Tyson deserved the same recognition, the congresswoman answered, "I do".

"I and my firm were retained by the Lieutenant Governor in January 2018 with respect to a possible story in a media publication and we are now representing him as well", he said.

Virginia's political crisis continued to deepen on Thursday over the race and sexual misconduct scandals engulfing the state's three leading Democrats. The next in line for the governorship is the Republican speaker of the state House of Delegates. If Northam resigns, Fairfax would become governor. They moved close to capturing a majority in the state House of Delegates in 2017, and picked up three U.S. House of Representatives seats from Republicans previous year. "I am a proud Democrat". "I have never done anything like what she suggests".

Virginia is embroiled in political turmoil following the discovery last week of a racist photo on Northam's medical school yearbook page.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, accompanied by his wife Pamela Northam announces he will not resign during a news conference Richmond, Virginia, U.S. February 2, 2019.

Like Northam and Fairfax, Herring is a Democrat. GOP House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert said it would be "reckless" to comment.

Shawn Utsey, chair of the Department of African American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, said the black community feels betrayed by Northam because his talk of equality and inclusion during the 2017 election was seen as a welcome contrast to the racially divisive rhetoric of President Donald Trump.

Northam initially admitted and apologized for appearing in a medical school yearbook photo of two people - one in blackface and the other in Ku Klux Klan attire. When interparty fury rained down on Northam after the photo came to light last Friday, it seemed likely he'd be replaced by Fairfax. But in his statement, he said nothing about the existence of a photo.

"He said he was very sorry", Lucas said.

"The cost for Democrats of getting rid of the office holder are really low", Seth Masket, a University of Denver political scientist, said of the Northam and Franken scandals earlier this week.

Herring, who was elected to his second four-year term in 2017, made a name for himself nationally by playing a central role in bringing gay marriage to Virginia.