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The latest development - a second woman, Meredith Watson, accusing Fairfax of rape Friday afternoon - capped an extraordinary week where the fortunes of Democrats' top three elected officials in Virginia ebbed and flowed as demoralized party operatives, enraged elected officials and dumbfounded state legislators attempted to make sense of how their once-prosperous party was now in a smoldering heap. Rather than Congress impeaching Donald Trump, Democrats in Virginia will begin impeachment proceedings on Monday against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax after multiple allegations of sexual assault emerged over the last week.

But on social media users were quick to point out Northam, who is facing mounting pressure to resign, appears to have been pictured in the past signing bills and holding a beer with his right hand.

Governor Ralph Northam is also under fire over a racist yearbook photo.

Dillard and Bowen, both members of a group of young blacks active in Virginia politics, said Northam should immediately allocate at least $20 million to the state's historically black colleges and universities, which have been underfunded. He made no public comments upon arriving in Chilhowie, four hours west of the tumult in Richmond, and wasn't listed as a speaker in the funeral program.

Finally, on Friday Gov. Northam announced that he was going to prove it wasn't him in the picture. "The two were friends but never dated or had any romantic relationship".

The lawyers said Watson told friends of the alleged rape in emails and Facebook messages she sent in 2016 and 2017 - notes that the lawyers included as screenshots with their statement. Initially, Fairfax's strategy was to aggressively refute the first allegation against him, speaking with reporters twice on the day it broke.

Watson's representatives declined to provide further documentation and said their client would not talk to journalists.

Earlier this week, a college professor accused Fairfax of assaulting her at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

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Fairfax, who is black, has denied both claims and called them a "co-ordinated smear campaign". "I haven't forgiven the president, but he's still in office, so why should they resign?" "The time has come for him to step down", state lawmakers said in a statement. Durham police spokesman Wil Glenn also said he couldn't find a report in the department's system on the 2000 allegation. Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring - who is also embroiled in a racist controversy - are ahead of Cox.

Sabato says if the lieutenant governor decides to resign, Governor Northam would appoint a substitute to the position. Calls for Fairfax to step aside have come from many people, including several potential Democratic presidential hopefuls. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Elizabeth Warren of MA.

But Watson's allegations proved that most Virginia Democrats aren't interested in listening to his account.

Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax looked like the party's salvation.

The Virginia Black Legislative Caucus joined calls for Fairfax's departure.

House Minority Leader Del. "He can no longer serve us as the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia".

Jim Scurlock, a longtime elections supervisor in Richmond who went to segregated high schools in Roanoke before experiencing the sting of Jim Crow as a young soldier in the Army in 1960, was withholding judgment on Fairfax.


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