The responses occured before a second accuser came forward Friday, alleging that Fairfax raped her in college. Fairfax has denied the second allegation declaring, “I will not resign.”
Dr. Vanessa Tyson revealed herself Wednesday as the woman accusing Fairfax of forcing her to give him oral sex in 2004 at the Democratic National Convention. Tyson alerted Rep. Bobby Scott of Virginia of her allegations a year ago, according to a Scott aide cited in an ABC News report.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) faked a phone call this week in attempting to avoid questions from the Daily Caller on the issue.
Rep. G.K. Butterfield (NC) questioned why a 15-year-old allegation was coming out now. He did not reveal in his statement to the Washington Post whether or not he believed Fairfax’s accuser. He said there should be an investigation and Fairfax “should be afforded the presumption of innocence.”
Sen. Dick Durbin (IL) excused himself from an opinion on the basis that he’s from Illinois, has a lot he is working on, and that it is not one of those things: “I’m just not getting into it.” He said he didn’t know Tyson and only knows what he has read in the paper.
Rep. Jennifer Wexton of Virginia initially told the Post she believed Fairfax accuser Tyson, but later evaded question of what should happen to Fairfax.
Rep. Don Beyer, also of Virginia, said he is inclined to believe Tyson, but would not call on Fairfax to resign. He told the Post, “I’m also taking a look at people that deal closely with him, in that community, especially in the African American community, for first steps.”
Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia claimed he was not being hypocritical on the basis that he waited to pass judgement on an accuser against then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until after public testimony and reading FBI transcripts. He emphasized the accusation is “compelling” and a “unequivocal denial…from somebody we know real well” has been made.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) said, “I’ll leave that up to them,” according to the report.
Seven Democrats evaded commenting or providing a yes or no when America Rising Squared asked whether they believed the woman accusing Lt. Gov. Fairfax of sexual assault, according to a video posted Thursday.
“I haven’t looked into that yet,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA) responded to questions as to whether she believed the first accuser of Fairfax.
Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (NY) ignored questions, saying only she was trying to figure out where she was going while an aide said they were headed to the floor for a vote. She eventually responded, “I look forward to looking into the scenario, but I haven’t heard anything about this quite yet.”
Rep. Ted Deutch (FL) ignored a Fairfax inquiry, heading away from the questioner.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD) also dodged the question.
“I don’t know enough about it,” was Rep. Ted Lieu’s (CA) response.
Rep. Lucy McBath (GA) ignored the question as she walked away.
Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA) ignored the question before ducking into a restricted door labeled Committee on the Judiciary.
Democrats are facing problems with “blackface” scandals surrounding Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the second in line to ascend the gubernatorial position, Attorney General Mark Herring. Fairfax, first in line to replace Northam, now faces two sexual assault allegations. Third in line is a Republican, Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox. Northam has been public in his determination to retain his position as governor of Virginia.
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Virginia Delegate Patrick Hope (D) warned Friday evening that he will introduce articles of impeachment against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) unless he resigns by Monday as a second allegation of sexual assault surfaced.“On Monday, I will be introducing articles of impeachment for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax if he has not resigned before then.,” Hope said in a statement shared to social media.
A second woman, Meredith Watson, has come forward to accuse Fairfax of sexual assault, alleging in a statement Friday that the attack took place when she and Fairfax were Duke University classmates in 2000. The allegation comes after California college professor Dr. Vanessa Tyson accused Fairfax on Wednesday of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in 2004 during the Democrat National Convention.
Contenders for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination have begun to issue calls for the lieutenant governor of Virginia to resign. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) were first among the expanding field to call for Fairfax’s resignation. Booker posted on Twitter that “the multiple detailed allegations against the Lt. Gov. of Virginia are deeply troubling” and called on Fairfax to leave office.
Gillibrand called details of the second woman’s claims “sickening and horrendous” and also called on Fairfax to step down, continuing:
This new allegation from Meredith Watson that Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax raped her, corroborated by at least two named individuals in interviews and emails, is sickening and horrendous. I believe Meredith Watson and Dr. Tyson, and it was extremely brave for them to come forward. Mr. Fairfax should resign and no longer serve the Commonwealth of Virginia
Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) also called on Fairfax to step aside, urging for the embattled Virginia Democrat to do so right away.
Fairfax has vehemently denied the allegations and has called for an investigation into the claims. “The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible,” said McAuliffe. “It is clear to me that he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Governor. I call for his immediate resignation.”
The new accusation further clouds the fate of Virginia’s government. Fairfax would take over if Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) were to resign over the racist photo that appeared on his medical school yearbook page. Northam told his top staff Friday that he would not resign. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D), who is second in line of succession, admitted to putting on blackface in college.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.