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BY: Charlie Hoffmann
Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (D.) is still considering running for governor in 2021 despite facing multiple allegations of sexual assault.
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Fairfax told reporters during a roundtable discussion Thursday the allegations raised his public profile in the state and he has encountered supporters in the state encouraging him to run despite the allegations.
"Many people a year ago would not have recognized me, now they really do," the lieutenant governor said. "People come up to me at gas stations, they say, ‘Hey, we recognize you. We love you. We know what they are saying about you is false.’"
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"I’m very hopeful about the future. We’ve gotten a lot of encouragement about future political steps. I’m thinking very seriously about 2021," Fairfax added.
Fairfax was expected to ascend to the governorship in February after racist photos emerged from Governor Ralph Northam’s college yearbook page. As the scandal unfolded, two women came forward to level claims that Fairfax had sexually assaulted them in the early 2000s.
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Fairfax has staunchly denied the allegations, calling them untrue and part of a smear campaign against him. In a February speech at the state capitol, he compared himself to lynching victims and lamented the lack of due process he has received during the scandal.
Both Fairfax and Northam have refused to resign despite previous calls...
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