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If Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam were to resign after the blackface scandal that’s enveloped his office, the general feeling was, surely Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax would be an uncontroversial replacement.
Take former Vice President Joe Biden’s tweet about the controversy: “There is no place for racism in America,” he wrote. “Governor Northam has lost all moral authority and should resign immediately, Justin Fairfax is the leader Virginia needs now.”
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Northam had said on Saturday that he didn’t intend to resign, but also said he would consider if he didn’t think he was effective. According to The Washington Post, the governor spent Sunday night in a meeting with his senior staff, making it look as if Lt. Gov. Fairfax was coming closer to the office.
In the era of identity politics, Fairfax would be the perfect antidote for the Democrats. Given that he’s only just about to turn 40, he would be a young, African-American governor replacing an older white man who had to leave office because of racism allegations. There seemed like there was nothing that could possibly go wrong with swapping out Northam for Fairfax.
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And then came a report Sunday night, as most Americans were tuned to the Super Bowl, that Fairfax had been accused of sexual assault by a university professor.
The accusation was broken by the right-leaning Big League Politics and by the new, conservative organization Culttture, which attributed it to “several Virginia political operatives, both Democrat and Republican.”
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Shortly thereafter, it published an accusation made on social media by Vanessa Tyson — a professor at Scripps College in California, according to the Washington Examiner.
Several hours later, Fairfax’s team released a statement denying the charges.
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The statement called it “a false and unsubstantiated allegation” that had already been shopped around.
“The person reported to be making this false allegation first approached the Washington Post...
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