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Democratic Lawmakers Call for Lt. Gov. Fairfax to Resign

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Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax speaks to the media, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (Photo: AP) Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax speaks to the media, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (Photo: AP)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WBOC) - Democrats in Virginia's state House and Senate are calling for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign, as he faces sexual assault allegations from two women.

A second woman came forward Friday to accuse Fairfax, a Democrat, of sexual assault. She said the attack took place when she and Fairfax were students at Duke University.
 
Earlier this week, California college professor Vanessa Tyson accused Fairfax of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in 2004 during the Democratic National Convention. Fairfax called the allegation a political smear.
 
In a joint statement, Democrats from both houses said Fairfax can no longer fulfill his duties to the Commonwealth because of the serious nature of the allegations and needs to address them as a private citizen. They concluded, "The time has come for him to step down."
 
A Virginia lawmaker also says he plans to file papers to begin impeachment proceedings against his state's lieutenant governor.

Del. Patrick Hope tweeted Friday that he would introduce articles of impeachment for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax on Monday "if he has not resigned before then." Hope is an Arlington County Democrat who has served since 2010.
 
The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus has joined the growing chorus of elected officials and others calling for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign over sexual assault allegations.
 
The group of lawmakers said Friday that "we can't see it in the best interest" of Virginia for Fairfax to stay.
 
The allegations against Fairfax come as Virginia's Democratic governor and attorney general are embroiled in scandals involving the past use of blackface.
 
A senior official in Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's administration says the governor has told his top staff that he does not plan to resign over a racist photo despite intense pressure to step down.

The official says Northam told his Cabinet during a Friday afternoon meeting that he intends to stay. 
 
 
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