The Democratic Party in Virginia isn’t doing well — and that’s an understatement.
First, there’s Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who is being pressured to resign after a photo from his medical school yearbook surfaced that appears to show Northam as a young adult posing in either blackface or a white Ku Klux Klan hood.
Northam initially apologized for the photo: “I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now.” Now, he’s claiming that he’s “not either of the people in that photograph.”
If Northam were to resign, he would presumably be replaced by Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.
Fairfax, however, was just hit with a scandal of his own. A woman in California has accused the lieutenant governor of sexually assaulting her at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. With a political party that’s popularized the mantra “believe all women,” he’s going to have a hard time defending himself.
Making matters even worse for Fairfax is the fact that Fairfax’s accuser has reportedly hired the same legal team that represented Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, during her effort to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation with allegations of sexual misconduct, according to NPR.
NPR correspondent Sarah McCammon shared the breaking news on Tuesday: “NEWS: A California woman accusing Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault has hired Christine Blasey Ford’s legal team – Katz, Marshall and Banks – and is consulting with them about next steps, according to a source close to the legal team,” she tweeted.
NEWS: A California woman accusing Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault has hired Christine Blasey Ford’s legal team – Katz, Marshall and Banks – and is consulting with them about next steps, according to a source close to the legal team.
— Sarah McCammon (@sarahmccammon) February 5, 2019
Debra Katz was the member of that law firm who was seated beside Ford during her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in October 2018, Fox News reported.
During the testimony, Ford spoke about her sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh that she said occurred during a high school party at some unspecified point in the 1980s.
Kavanaugh vehemently disputed those allegations as patently untrue — yet the establishment media sided with Democrats and expressed their disbelief of Kavanaugh’s denouncement, joining in the “believe all women” dictum.
One noteworthy difference has already emerged between the denial of Fairfax and Kavanaugh, though. While Kavanaugh disputed ever meeting Ford — much less sexually assaulting her — Fairfax has admitted to not only knowing his accuser but also to having a sexual relationship with her, though he has insisted that relationship was consensual.
Fairfax’s accuser first approached The Washington Post in 2017 with her allegation — the same media outlet that broke the Ford allegations — when Fairfax was still just a candidate for office, but The Post decided to sit on that story, until now, citing a lack of corroborating evidence, a standard they declined to apply to the Kavanaugh allegations.
Fairfax has suggested that The Post sat on his accuser’s story due to “significant red flags and inconsistencies” — an accusation The Post disputes — and further suggested that The Post was “smearing an elected official” by publishing “false” allegations, even going so far as to threaten to sue the paper if it persisted in pressing the allegation.
He has even insinuated that Gov. Northam — with whom he reportedly doesn’t get along — might have even been behind the “smear job” against him, presumably in some sort of bid to retain his own job by rendering his successor too toxic to assume power.
However, given the fact that Fairfax’s accuser has retained the same high-profile law firm that represented Ford against Kavanaugh, it would appear she is prepared to make her allegations against Fairfax more formally, which puts the Democrats in the position of having to take the allegations seriously.
It will be interesting to see how Democrats and their media allies react to this developing sexual assault scandal involving Lt. Gov. Fairfax, as it will force the left to live up to the rules they have sought to apply to Republicans.
Should the left decline to take the accusations against Fairfax seriously, they will have forfeited their credibility with the #MeToo crowd and all others who take sexual assault and misconduct seriously — and prove themselves once again to be nothing more than duplicitous partisan hacks.
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