Tag: Fairfax, Justin Edward

‘It Just Went Poof’: The Strange Aftermath of Virginia’s Cascade of Political Scandals

RICHMOND, Va. — More than a dozen state lawmakers filed onto the stage, summoned by the smiling leader of their state: Ralph S. Northam, the governor of Virginia. On the governor’s right were a handful of House Democrats, who as a group in February said they were “no longer confident in the governor’s representation of […]

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‘You’re Not Supposed to Betray Your Race’: The Challenge Faced by Black Women Accusing Black Men

When Meredith Watson decided to publicly accuse Virginia’s lieutenant governor of raping her, she knew she would face a backlash — most women who accuse powerful men of sexual assault do. But she also feared that as a black woman, she would face added scrutiny because the prominent politician she named, Justin E. Fairfax, was […]

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Justin Fairfax Compares Himself to Lynching Victims in Speech to Virginia Senators

Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax of Virginia, who has been accused of sexual assault by two women and is facing calls to resign, compared himself to lynching victims in an unplanned speech before the State Senate on Sunday and said he was “standing firm in the truth.” Mr. Fairfax, who is black, spoke for about […]

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Virginia House Invites Accusers to Testify Against Justin Fairfax

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled Virginia House of Delegates announced Friday that it would hold hearings on the sexual assault claims against Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax, inviting Mr. Fairfax and his two accusers to publicly testify about one of the scandals that has upended the state’s government. Speaking on the House floor a day before […]

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‘He’s Not There Yet’: Embattled Governor Seeks Forgiveness From Black Virginians

RICHMOND, Va. — He prayed with black leaders, invoked his deep respect for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and insisted that the blackface he once wore was not indicative of the type of person he is today. He discussed increasing funding for at-risk youth programs and affordable housing, and scheduled the first of […]

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Unmistakable Divide Among Women in Virginia Over Accusations Against Fairfax

RICHMOND, Va. — To Constance Cordovilla, the president of the Virginia National Organization for Women, the two sexual assault allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax are not just grounds for him to resign — the detailed claims also demand that women side with his accusers. “It would set back survivors if we don’t because […]

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The Political Ascent of Justin Fairfax, and the Disturbing Allegations That Might End It

RICHMOND, Va. — One afternoon in the early 1990s, a middle-schooler showed up at Frank E. Emory Jr.’s law office in Charlotte, sent there by an aunt who knew Mr. Emory from church. The child, in town visiting relatives, wanted to hear about the law. He had plans. “He said, ‘I’m going to run for […]

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Virginia’s Economy Weathers the Storm in Its Statehouse

As politicians across the country demand a change in Virginia’s embattled leadership, business leaders are largely sticking to the sidelines. Leading Virginia business groups have stopped short of calling for the resignation of the state’s top three elected officials, all embroiled in personal scandals. Most corporate executives have avoided weighing in at all. And there […]

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Corey Maggette Accused of Rape at Duke by Fairfax Accuser, Friends Say

The woman who has accused Virginia’s lieutenant governor, Justin E. Fairfax, of raping her said that a former N.B.A. player, Corey Maggette, raped her at Duke University 20 years ago and that school officials did not pursue the claim, according to a childhood friend of the woman and Facebook messages the woman exchanged with another […]

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Will Power Trump Values in Virginia?

For over 50 years, the Democratic Party has carried the banner of racial and gender equality, and all the more so during the Trump era. In contrast to an increasingly dystopian Republican Party, Democrats from the left and the center have united behind an idealistic image of their party as a rainbow coalition of resistance […]

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Virginia Democrat Backs Off Effort to Open Impeachment Inquiry Against Fairfax

RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia state legislator who intended to begin impeachment proceedings against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax backed off on Monday after African-American lawmakers demanded there not be a rush to oust Mr. Fairfax, who is black, over accusations of sexual assault while the state’s white governor and attorney general are refusing to resign […]

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Ralph Northam, Virginia Governor, Insists He Is ‘Not Going Anywhere’

RICHMOND, Va. — After a week of revelations that have separately disgraced Virginia’s top three political leaders, the governor, Ralph Northam, remained firm on Sunday in his intention to stay in office and stopped short of calling for the resignations of his fellow scandal-plagued Democratic leaders. In an interview with “CBS This Morning,” Mr. Northam […]

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If Justin Fairfax Is Forced Out in Virginia, Who’s Next in Line?

Coalescing scandals have engulfed Virginia’s leaders, plunging the state into political free fall. First, Gov. Ralph Northam came under fire for a racist yearbook photo, which he acknowledged and then denied appearing in. He also admitted to wearing blackface to dress up as Michael Jackson in the 1980s. Then Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax was […]

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Justin Fairfax Puts Virginia Democrats in Bind on Impeachment

RICHMOND, Va. — Justin E. Fairfax’s refusal to resign as lieutenant governor of Virginia in the face of two allegations of sexual assault has presented Democrats with an excruciating choice: whether to impeach an African-American leader at a moment when the state’s other two top leaders, both white, are resisting calls to quit after admitting […]

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Second Woman Accuses Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia of Sexual Assault

A second woman came forward Friday with claims that she had been sexually assaulted by Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax of Virginia, intensifying the weeklong political crisis in the state and leading some top fellow Democrats to call for Mr. Fairfax to resign. The woman, Meredith Watson, accused Mr. Fairfax of raping her while they […]

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Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor Faces Impeachment Threat and Calls to Resign

RICHMOND, Va. — Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax of Virginia faced a wave of demands for his resignation on Friday night — and the threat of impeachment proceedings — after a second woman came forward to accuse him of sexual assault. His detractors included an increasing number of fellow Virginia Democrats, including at least six […]

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Vanessa Tyson Draws Support for Assault Allegation Against Justin Fairfax

Last fall, after Vanessa C. Tyson began a prestigious fellowship at Stanford, she told a gathering of colleagues in a behavioral sciences program that she had been sexually assaulted years earlier, citing personal experience to illustrate a larger point involving sexual violence. As several fellows shared lunch on a patio, Dr. Tyson expressed the sense […]

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Virginia’s Racist History Clashes With New South Image

RICHMOND, Va. — L. Douglas Wilder, a grandson of slaves, became America’s first elected black governor 30 years ago, winning in Virginia in part by finessing the racist history of the state that is now roiling its politics once more. To succeed as a black candidate in 1989, Mr. Wilder had to patiently accommodate the […]

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Virginia Is in Turmoil. Here’s a Breakdown of Seven Days of Scandal.

For Virginia’s top state officials, it was a week of chaos. There was an apology, a reversal and an admission about blackface. A sexual assault allegation was made, and an emphatic denial was made in response. Then came another admission about blackface. Last week, the clouds began to gather over Gov. Ralph S. Northam, 59, […]

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Virginia’s Governor Is Hanging On. He Might Last Another Three Years.

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia apologized. He held the ritual news conference of a humiliated politician, punctuated with a discussion of whether he could still do the moonwalk. He went into seclusion. And so, here he is: diminished, abandoned, condemned — and still the governor of Virginia. Mr. Northam, besieged after the […]

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