(Tea Party PAC) – Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) on Friday called on Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D-VA) to resign immediately after a second woman came forward with a sexual assault allegation against him.
“The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible,” McAuliffe tweeted. “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.”
On Friday, a second accuser came forward, alleging Fairfax had sexually assaulted her in college. The woman, Meredith Watson, revealed via a statement on Friday that the incident had occurred when she and Fairfax were students at Duke in 2000.
“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,” Watson’s lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith, said Friday. “She has no interest in becoming a media personality or reliving the trauma that has greatly affected her life. Similarly, she is not seeking any financial damages.”
The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible. 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.
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) February 8, 2019
Fairfax vehemently denies the latest allegation and says he will not resign.
“I deny this latest unsubstantiated allegation. It is demonstrably false. I have never forced myself on anyone ever,” he said in a statement.
The new accusation is the latest in a series of dark clouds forming over Virginia’s government. Fairfax would be made governer were Ralph Northam to resign after a scandal involving a decades-old photo from his medical school yearbook featuring two men, one in blackface and the other in a KKK robe.
Attorney General Mark Herring (D-VA) also admitted to wearing blackface when he was in college in the 1980s as well.