Abrams Doesn’t Call On Embattled Virginia Democrats to Resign

Virginia attorney-general admits to wearing blackface in college as scandal spreads

Virginia attorney-general admits to wearing blackface in college as scandal spreads

The controversies have created a pseudo-standoff between scandal-plagued Gov. Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring, all of whom are fighting to hang on to their jobs as public outrage grows around each of them. Instead they have, nearly to a person, called for an investigation into the allegations.

Now, he said, many Democrats are reconsidering. Now, with all three top Democrats in trouble, the equation has changed, he said.

The operative added: "I think where we are today doesn't cause permanent damage, but if they stick around then it could".

The political crisis in Virginia deepened on Wednesday when the attorney general admitted to wearing blackface in the 1980s at a college party, becoming the state's third high-ranking Democrat caught up in scandal.

Northam has come under pressure from almost the entire Democratic establishment to resign after the discovery of a photo on his profile page in the Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook of someone in blackface standing next to a person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

Northam, 59, acknowledged last weekend to having worn blackface - a practice dating to 19th-century minstrel shows caricaturing slaves - in 1984 to impersonate Michael Jackson.

Fairfax, who has been married since 2006, has called Tyson's accusation part of a political smear campaign.

"What is worse than a dumpster fire?" said another veteran Democratic operative after yet another grueling day in Richmond. POSSIBLE REDEMPTION Late on Thursday, the state's congressional delegation released a statement indicating a consensus of forgiveness might be emerging around Herring.

Similar recent allegations have ended careers of elected officials in both parties. "Activists are afraid to look at their phones on what might pop up next". Ed O'Keefe reports. "It's an absolute nightmare".

Democrats have expressed fear that the uproar over the governor could jeopardize their chances of taking control of the GOP-dominated Virginia legislature this year.




The controversies have raised the improbable scenario of the party ceding the governorship to a Republican without an election.

And an IL mayor, Hal Patton of Edwardsville, was running for the state Senate in 2018 when the Belleville News-Democrat newspaper published a photo of him in blackface at a Halloween party a decade earlier.

Northam, after a freakish news conference on Saturday, has hung on by keeping his head down and operating behind closed doors.

Quentin Kidd, a political science professor at Christopher Newport University, had initially predicted Northam would be unable to hang on to office for more than a week.

"I did this in solidarity with my colleague and as a symbolic gesture for a woman's right to choose", she said in an explanatory statement.

Fairfax, 39, who is black, denies this, saying the encounter was consensual.

She claims she met Fairfax at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

Fairfax vehemently denied the allegation against him, as did Kavanaugh. The law firm also represented Kavanaugh in the face of Ford's allegations.

"We reiterate that this allegation is false", a spokeswoman for Fairfax told Insider. "To be very clear, I did not want to engage in oral sex with Mr. Fairfax and I never gave any form of consent", Tyson said. "Here in OR, it's much more subtle". Justin Fairfax stands to become Virginia's second black governor.

When asked if she still wanted to be lieutenant governor, she responded wryly. She said she consented to kiss him, but did not consent to the act.

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