Justin Fairfax Puts Virginia Democrats in Bind on Impeachment

So, how about Northam?

 

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 to racist conduct.

Less than a week after Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark R. Herring said they wore blackface as young men, Mr. Fairfax on Friday faced a second assault accusation in three days. He is now under intense pressure to resign or face impeachment, transforming what had been a crisis for Virginia Democrats into a searing dilemma for the national party.

The political turmoil for Democratic leaders this weekend is unfolding at the intersection of race and gender, and risks pitting the party’s most pivotal constituencies against one another. If Democrats do not oust Mr. Fairfax, at a time when the party has taken a zero-tolerance stand on sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era, they could anger female voters.

But the specter of Mr. Fairfax, 39, being pushed out while two older white men remain in office — despite blackface behavior that evoked some of the country’s most painful racist images — would deeply trouble many African-Americans.

“I think the Democratic Party would lack credibility if they followed a double standard,” said Representative Karen Bass of California, who is the head of the Congressional Black Caucus. Ms. Bass said that both Mr. Northam and Mr. Fairfax should step down.

On Saturday, an adviser to Mr. Fairfax said the lieutenant governor was deeply distraught over the allegations and had no intention of resigning. Mr. Fairfax, who says he is innocent, wants an independent investigation to ensure both sides are heard and their stories assessed, said the adviser, who spoke under condition of anonymity to share private conversations. But there is no apparatus for such an inquiry in Virginia.

“It’s a nightmare right now,” said Representative A. Donald McEachin, a Virginia Democrat who can trace his history here back to Revolutionary War-era slaves.

“We’ve worked hard on the Democratic brand for so many years,” he said, “and now we have to deal with this.”

Almost all of Virginia’s Democratic leaders and lawmakers on Friday night called on Mr. Fairfax to resign and a legislator vowed to introduce articles of impeachment if Mr. Fairfax did not quit by Monday. The state Democratic Party, after a conference call of its steering committee on Saturday morning in which there was near-unanimous support for Mr. Fairfax to resign, issued a statement saying he no longer had “their confidence or support” and should quit.

Gov. Northam also insists he will not resign. He does not face an imminent impeachment threat, and neither does Mr. Herring, the attorney general and second in line to the governor, who has been effusively apologizing for once wearing blackface. The governor, in an interview on Saturday with The Washington Post, said he intends to use the remainder of his term to pursue racial reconciliation and has been reading works like “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Alex Haley’s “Roots” to learn more about experiences of African-Americans.

Just how far Virginia Democrats go to confront these three statewide officials — who swept into office in 2017 on the first wave of backlash to President Trump’s election — will send a signal about how committed they are to taking a hard line on racial and sexual transgressions, and will echo well beyond this state’s borders.

To some Democrats, Mr. Fairfax’s alleged conduct is the most serious because he is the only one of the three accused of a crime. But that does not make the political quandary any less torturous at a moment when the party’s 2020 presidential primary is getting underway with more black and female candidates than have ever run for the White House.

“To show a firm grasp of the obvious, the optics would be difficult and the substance would be difficult,” said State Senator J. Chapman Petersen, who is white, about how it would look if Mr. Northam and Mr. Herring remained in office while Mr. Fairfax was exiled.

Women and African-Americans have never been more politically powerful: The Democrats’ 40-seat win in the House midterm elections in November, as well as their 2017 triumph in the top Virginia races, was powered in no small part by those voters. And with Republicans barely hanging on to their legislative majority in the Virginia Capitol, Democrats were counting on the same two blocs to propel them to victory in this fall’s election of all 140 delegates and state senators.

Ultimately, some Democrats here said, they must begin the process of emerging from the wreckage that is the executive branch of Virginia state government by turning to what is perhaps their most loyal constituency: black women.

And barely hours after Meredith Watson came forward on Friday saying she was raped by Mr. Fairfax in 2000 when they were students at Duke University, several senior Virginia Democrats began making the case that should Mr. Northam continue his refusal to resign, he ought to appoint State Senator Jennifer McClellan to replace Mr. Fairfax if he quits or is impeached. (It is not certain that Mr. Northam could appoint any successor to Mr. Fairfax, scholars said, because of conflicting provisions and interpretations of the Virginia Constitution and state law.)

 

 

 

Democrats are the reason we can't have nice things.

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Black women wear blond hair that could be racist, is blackface
racist because black people say it's racist. How did the name of
the n.e.gro race become racist? Why isn't the word caucasian
racist? How many everyday things are black people ashamed of
and how did it start?

A couple of days ago, a constitutional lawyer said on a news show that according to the Virginia state constitution, neither the governor or Lt. governor can be impeached. Both would have had to commit impeachable crimes during their tenure to be impeached, not before they took office.

first all this black face stuff is stupid.  second going back to someone's stupid era is (yes) stupid.   Feel duped Alabama on the Roy Moore 30 year back smear?   However with that said, it is the democrat standards. So guess they should live by them haha.

I guess the difference is, all "this blackface stuff" is true, the accusations about Moore were not true, and it has been proven the election was interfered with and Doug Jones should resign. Where's the outrage? Too, after the hatchet job on Kavanaugh, and the way they are going after Brian Buescher because of his religion, the left wants us to "play nice".  This comes right after they changed the rules to allow Ilhan Omar to wear her religious symbol, the hijab on the House floor. IF you could get the left to stop manufacturing stories and attacking Republicans, and instead of expecting others to do what they say but what they themselves won't do, they actually decided to "play nice" and honestly, maybe these things wouldn't be an issue. BTW, Diane Feinstein had a Chinese spy as a driver for 20 years! Where's the outrage and the demand to know what she knew and when did she know it??

JUTU

This comes right after they changed the rules to allow Ilhan Omar to wear her religious symbol, the hijab on the House floor. IF you could get the left to stop manufacturing stories and attacking Republicans,

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As many as possible on the House floor should wear a large "Star of 
David" on their head or as  prominent a place as possible whenever
Omar is in the filthy swamp house.

Jutu may believe the allegations of Moore's sexcapades are false, but nothing has been proved one way or the other. He has not specifically denied platonic dates with teens when he was in his 30s, while denying two almost "date rape" accusations.  A libel case will soon come to trial - it should prove interesting.

My take is that he's guilty!

RiverDance posted:

JUTU

This comes right after they changed the rules to allow Ilhan Omar to wear her religious symbol, the hijab on the House floor. IF you could get the left to stop manufacturing stories and attacking Republicans,

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As many as possible on the House floor should wear a large "Star of 
David" on their head or as  prominent a place as possible whenever
Omar is in the filthy swamp house.

Better yet - bacon headbands.

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