Justin Fairfax Loses Staff, Placed on Leave
Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax lost two staffers from his public office and an additional two from his political action committee following news Friday of a second sexual assault allegation against him. His law firm, Morrison & Foerster, has placed him on leave pending an external investigation into the two sexual assault allegations leveled against him. The most recent allegation comes from Meredith Watson, who accused Fairfax of raping her when the two were classmates at Duke University in 2000. Her allegation comes on the heels of Vanessa Tyson, who met Fairfax at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, publicly accusing Fairfax of physically coercing her into performing oral sex during an encounter that began as consensual. Fairfax has adamantly denied both accusations and has called on the FBI to investigate. He has asked that “no one rush to judgment” and for “due process.” But he is now under pressure to resign or face impeachment. Some have pointed out that pushing the 39-year-old out office before an investigation is complete while two older white men who admitted to wearing blackface remain in office would be deeply troublesome to African Americans. Stay tuned. More here.