Calls were mounting for Virginia's lieutenant governor to resign Saturday, at the tail end of an astonishing week that saw the state's top three elected officials - all Democrats - embroiled in potentially career-ending scandals fraught with questions of race, sex and power. He said an accusation by a second woman that he raped her when they were both students at Duke University in 2000 was "demonstrably false" and has demanded a full investigation.
Regarding Ms. Watson, I knew Ms. Watson in college both before and after the encounter, and she never said to me that our interaction was not consensual or caused her any discomfort.
Kaneedreck Adams, a fellow Duke graduate and friend of Ms Watson, told the Washington Post she recalled when Ms Watson came to her crying in the spring of 2000. "This is part of the sad and dark politics that the Lt. Governor has dedicated himself to helping Virginia and the nation rise above".
"On Monday, I will be introducing articles of impeachment for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax if he has not resigned before then", Hope wrote on Twitter.
'It has taken time for me to make sure that it's not me, but I am convinced, I am convinced that I am not in that picture, ' he told reporters at the Executive Mansion in Richmond, calling the picture offensive and horrific.
A week ago, a picture surfaced from Mr Northam's 1984 college yearbook page showing someone in blackface and another person in Ku Klux Klan robes.
The state's former Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, said the allegations against Mr Fairfax "are serious and credible" and called for his "immediate resignation".
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The viscera examination on 11 more bodies is yet to be conducted to find out if these too were alcohol-related deaths. According to Kushinagar District Magistrate, Anil Kumar, eight deaths have been reported in Kushinagar district.
Ms. Watson also told friends, including Justin Fairfax. The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and multiple Democratic presidential candidates have called on him to resign. "We learn from our mistakes and I'm a stronger person", Northam said.
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. "The central issue at the heart of her account is consent, and there can be no better authority to decide whether it was given than Dr. Tyson herself", several Virginia Democratic lawmakers said in a statement Friday night. I want to stand here in that truth and restate that my truth, as well as the truth of Dr. Tyson and Ms. Watson, should be fully investigated and thoroughly assessed.
If Northam steps down, as many critics have called for him to do, Fairfax would assume the governorship.
Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax looked like the party's salvation.
"Allegations of sexual assault need to be taken seriously".
Expanding Medicaid previous year was a good start, he said, but state government needs to be aggressive about enrolling residents.
Northam has now also said he can't be man in blackface because he's left handed and both people are holding beers in their right, according to reports.