Virginia's Democrats struggled to find their way out of three interlocking political crises Thursday that could bring down the party's top elected officials and put a Republican in the governor's chair.
The allegation follows recent calls for Gov. Ralph Northam to resign over a photo of two individuals - one in Blackface and one in a Ku Klu Klan outfit - that appeared on his 1984 yearbook page, and he admitting that he darkened his face for a dance competition in the 1980s. Breitbart News reported that if Northam, Fairfax, and Herring were to resign, Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates Kirk Cox would become the acting governor.
Northam denies that he is either person in the photo, while Fairfax claims that the sexual encounter he had with college professor Vanessa Tyson was consensual.
Mr Herring, 57, went public after rumours of a blackface photo of him had circulated at the Capitol for a day or more. "I have to think about this, I really do", she said.
"He should resign", she said.
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As Virginians were trying to process their shock surrounding Governor Northams actions, they were met with two more controversies within the state government. Cox also urged Herring to "adhere to the standard he has set for others", a nod to Herring's previous call that Northam resign. The party has prided itself on policing its own and hoped to contrast that record with the GOP's tolerance of misbehavior by President Donald Trump.
State Sen. Barbara Favola said "it's still a he-said, she-said" and suggested an investigation should be done in MA.
That radio interview is what reportedly motivated a medical school classmate of Northam's to tip the media off about the yearbook photo, triggering the current avalanche of recrimination. For this, Kavanaugh was considered to be too temperamental to serve as a judge, yet no one is suggesting Fairfax doesn't have the right temperament to serve as lieutenant governor (for the record, I don't think denying allegations that you believe are false should cause anyone to be considered unfit for office).
Northam initially apologized, saying he was in the photo.
Democratic US Senator Al Franken resigned in 2017 after being accused of sexual misconduct.
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"We're really wanting to be clear that we need our Democratic leadership to change... we really want a party that's open to all without regard to race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and we encourage black leadership, indigenous leadership, woman leadership, LGBTQ... and marginalized folks to really step into political participation while challenging the validity of Virginia's white supremacist Democratic party", the organizer stressed.
The governor, who is only the second female governor elected in OR and is the first openly bisexual governor in the United States, said America needs to have a broader conversation at every level about race and the impacts of racial inequities and racial justice.
An American minstrel sub-industry of songs, sheet music, makeup, costumes and toys flourished through the mid-19th century even as the Northern and Southern states fought the Civil War that led to the abolition of slavery in 1865.
"After the assault, I suffered from both deep humiliation and shame", Tyson writes.
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