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Virginia Dems Say They’re Too Busy To Dwell on Fairfax Allegations


When a racist yearbook photo surfaced on Governor Ralph Northam’s yearbook page last week, Virginia Democrats were quick to call for his resignation. But lawmakers have remained mostly quiet on allegations Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted a woman in 2004.

Even without all of the recent controversies, this would be one of the busiest weeks of the General Assembly. And most Democrats interviewed say they’re too busy to focus on the allegations against Fairfax--accusations that he denies.

Senator Louise Lucas was one of the few Democrats to directly address them.

“We don’t have all of the information but we take all accusations of sexual abuse or harassment very seriously. And so we’re going to wait and see how that information evolves," Lucas said.

The Democratic Party said the allegations should be taken with “profound gravity.”

They said they’ll continue to evaluate the situation going forward.


Ben Paviour covers courts and criminal justice for VPM News with a focus on accountability.
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