Amid Growing Scandal, MoFo Launches Investigation Into Partner Justin Fairfax

Pastor Lacette Cross speaks during a protest calling for Governor Ralph Northam to resign on Monday
Shelby Lum

Pastor Lacette Cross speaks during a protest calling for Governor Ralph Northam to resign on Monday Credit Shelby Lum

Hunter's group plans to hold a news conference Monday afternoon on the steps of the state capitol.

Democratic Virginia members of the US Congress insisted on Sunday that state governor Ralph Northam can not remain in office after admitting that he wore blackface as a young man.

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

Fairfax has said that encounters with both women were consensual.

Attorney Nancy Erika Smith released the statement Saturday night on behalf of Meredith Watson after Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax denied the allegation and called for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other authorities to investigate.

Mr Fairfax denied the allegations and said he was the victim of a smear campaign.

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"It is especially important in the most hard of times that we pay attention to our fundamental Constitutional values", the statement continues.

Like Gov. Ralph Northam, who is facing a separate scandal about a racist photo that appeared on his medical school yearbook page, Fairfax said he will not be resigning.

READ: Was racist photo in Virginia governor's college yearbook a mix-up?

The embattled Democrat, who has faced calls to resign from politicians of both parties, conducted an interview with Gayle King, which aired on Monday.

With Northam and Fairfax running out their political life spans, the party's left with Mark Herring, the state attorney general. "I've been in some very hard situations, life-and-death situations, taking care of sick children", Northam said.

But he said that reflection has convinced him that, by remaining in office, he can work to resolve them.

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"He has been a very articulate champion of some of the issues", the 25-year-old black woman said, citing work fighting for Muslim migrants hit by Trump's travel ban. "There are still some very deep wounds in Virginia, and especially in the area of equity", he said.

"Every now and again, we slip up, we fall, and we have a responsibility to dust ourselves off and seek for full healing and reconciliation - but reconciliation that is based upon the one who has been offended, not the offender", Howard explains. "But I can tell you that I am sure, just like me, he has grown".

But "when I stepped back and looked at it, I just said I know it's not me in the Klan outfit". Northam initially apologized for the photo then he flipped the script saying it was not him in the picture. On Friday, the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association removed Fairfax from its leadership ranks, naming officials from DE and Washington state in his place. A public relations firm representing Watson provided The Associated Press with a 2016 email exchange with a female friend and 2017 text exchanges in which Watson said Fairfax had raped her. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Sen.

Some political observers noted that the threshold to start an impeachment process is remarkably high in the House of Delegates.

"Fairfax should have already resigned".

The changing explanations were often cited by elected Democrats in their calls for Northam to resign and, according to the Post poll, struck most voters as unbelievable.

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It's unclear who the people in the picture are, but the rest of the page is filled with pictures of Northam and lists his undergraduate alma mater and other information about him. Steve Newman, the Senate's pro tem, serve as both a voting senator and temporary lieutenant governor.

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