Virginia Will Elect GOP to Top Posts in 2020

Virginia Will Elect GOP to Top Posts in 2020

Virginia Will Elect GOP to Top Posts in 2020

It first began last week when a photo emerged from Northam's 1984 medical school yearbook of two people, one in blackface and the other sporting a Ku Klux Klan hood and robes.

Everyone in Richmond, it seemed, was waiting Thursday for Virginia's legislative black caucus to respond. "We've got a lot to digest", the group's chairman, Del.

Both Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney-General Mark Herring, who is second in line to be governor, have admitted to wearing blackface while in college in the 1980s.

"I have never done anything like what she suggests", Fairfax said in a statement.

"I can not believe, given my obvious distress, that Mr. Fairfax thought this forced sexual act was consensual", she said in the statement.

Tyson, a 42-year-old political scientist who is on a fellowship at Stanford University and specializes in the political discourse of sexual assault, said, "I have no political motive". Tyson said Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex at a hotel in 2004 during the Democratic National Convention in Boston. "Given his false assertions, I'm compelled to make clear what happened".

Tyson wrote in her statement that "what began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault".

"Allegations of sexual assault need to be taken seriously", he told ABC.

Scott's office did not return a Daily Wire inquiry into whether he believes the allegation against Fairfax is "credible", as he believed the Kavanaugh allegations were.

In condemning the photo from Northam's yearbook, Herring said last Friday: "The photo, the conduct it captures, and the racist imagery invoked are all indefensible". Cox also urged Herring to "adhere to the standard he has set for others", a nod to Herring's previous call that Northam resign.

At the Capitol, lawmakers were dumbstruck over the day's fast-moving developments, with Democratic Sen. "And in my remarks on Monday, I think you could hear how emotional dealing with an allegation that I know is not true has been for me". "We think the process is moving too rapidly", McShane said. That single game of chance allowed Republicans to hold a majority in the House of Delegates - and may now wipe out virtually all the gains of the 2017 Democratic sweep.

Northam, 59, initially said he was one of the two individuals in the photo, then changed his story to say neither figure was him.

He has remained in virtual seclusion since then, facing mounting calls for his resignation from fellow Democrats in Virginia, likely to be a key swing state in the 2020 presidential race.

At the same time, the Democrats nationally have taken a hard line against misconduct in their ranks because women and minorities are a vital part of their base and they want to be able to criticize Trump's behavior without looking hypocritical.

Things could hardly have gone worse for Virginia in recent days, after Ralph Northam, the state's Democratic governor, belatedly confessed to having worn blackface.

But the governor did admit that he had once applied shoe polish on his face - to imitate Michael Jackson during a 1984 dance contest.

"Mr Herring came down hard on Mr Northam when the yearbook photo surfaced, condemning it as "indefensible", profoundly offensive", and "shocking and deeply disappointing". He said it was no longer possible for Northam to lead the state.

"This conduct is in no way reflective of the man I have become in the almost 40 years since", he said.

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

Herring described his actions as a "minimisation" of people of colour, and of America's fraught racial history, which he says he was well aware of at the time. Yancey was elected by drawing names from a ceramic bowl.

But Tribbett said Democrats in the state will have to answer questions about the scandals for years, whether or not any of the three leaves office.

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