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Second woman accuses Va. lieutenant governor of sexual assault

09 February 2019

A second woman has accused embattled Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault, with his office still reeling from last week's claims he'd assaulted a female professor at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

"At this time, Ms. Watson is reluctantly coming forward out of a strong sense of civic duty and her belief that those seeking or serving in public office should be of the highest character", said her attorney, Nancy Erika Smith in a statement Friday.

Josh Schwerin, who worked for Northam's predecessor, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, said, "Voters could take this out on Democrats. less as an ideological shift but more as an issue of repercussions for genuine political scandal".

"Much of the discussion has, rightfully, centered around who we are as Democrats as we continue to stand against racism and against sexual assault".

In a statement from his spokesman, Faifax said he has "never forced myself on anyone ever" and demanded a "full investigation into these unsubstantiated and false allegations".

Democrats have until now focused their resignation calls on Governor Ralph Northam.

Last night's statement from the Virginia House Democrats affirmed that they're "disappointed" in Northam and Herring and feel "great concern" about the allegation against Fairfax but they didn't call on any to quit. However, he admitted to previously dressing in blackface.

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax presides over the Senate at the Virginia State Capitol, on February 7.

"She said he knew that she didn't like what was happening, but he kept pushing her down".

The statute of limitations in MA for sexual assault is 15 years.

"With 114 editions of The Bomb available online dating back to 1885, I am not surprised that those wanting to engulf Republican leaders in the current situations involving the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general would highlight the yearbook from my graduation a half century ago", Norment said.

All House Democrats from Virginia have also called for Fairfax to step down, with the exception of Rep. Bobby Scott.

Dr. Tyson did not tell anyone in 2004 about the encounter with Mr. Fairfax, according to people close to her legal team, and she did not notify or file a complaint with police...

If both Fairfax and Northam resign, Attorney General Mark Herring would become governor.

By the way, as Ed noted earlier, all three of the stooges at the top of Virginia's government look likely to survive now. The governor said at that event that he would not resign unless he decided he wouldn't be able to govern effectively. He said that he recognized his actions were done in poor taste and apologized.

His disclosure stirred an outcry across partisan lines in Virginia, a key swing state in U.S. presidential politics whose seat of government, Richmond, is in many ways still grappling with its legacy as the former capital of the Confederacy during the American Civil War.

Second woman accuses Va. lieutenant governor of sexual assault