Warner: ‘Very Challenging’ for Virginia Democrats to Have Northam, Fairfax Still in Office

Washington Free Beacon | 3/3/2019 | Cameron Cawthorne
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BY: Cameron Cawthorne

Sen. Mark Warner (D., Va.) on Sunday said it's been "very challenging" for Virginia Democrats in dealing with the scandals surrounding Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, but he argued the state's top Democrats should be given the opportunity to re-earn the trust of Virginians.

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"[T]here needs to be a due process," Warner said during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union."

Host Jake Tapper asked Warner how "embarrassing" it was for him as a Virginia Democrat to see two of the top Democrats in the state still in office after they became enveloped in scandal last month. Northam admitted to wearing blackface while in medical school after a yearbook photo drew scrutiny, and Fairfax has been accused of sexual assault by two women.

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"As somebody who spent 20 years trying to build a brand about Virginia Democrats, candidly Virginia, where we most recently won the award of the Amazon headquarters, it's been very challenging," Warner said. "But if the governor and lieutenant governor are going to continue … there needs to be a due process, where the accusers get a chance to make their case and the lieutenant governor gets a chance to make his defense."

He went on to say that if Northam is going to stay in office, then he needs to get out and re-earn the trust of Virginians. Warner said when he and Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) initially called on Northam to...
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