Justin Fairfax Disputes Sexual Assault Allegations from Conservative Website
The same website that broke the story about a racist photo appearing on VA Governor Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page, also published a disparaging story about Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax allegedly committing assault. The conservative-leaning online publication Big League Politics sourced a Facebook post of Vanessa Tyson, a Stanford University fellow, which hints at misconduct by Fairfax at the 2004 Democratic National Convention when he was a staffer for then-presidential candidate John Kerry. Fairfax says the person making the allegation first approached The Washington Post, which spent months investigating but did not publish a story after finding inconsistencies, red flags, and a lack of evidence. His team released a defiant statement at 3A Monday morning saying Fairfax has “never assaulted anyone — ever — in any way, shape, or form.” Tyson claims a man sexually assaulted her at the 2004 convention in Boston. The website posted a screenshot of a private Facebook post from Tyson. It doesn't name Fairfax, but Big League Politics linked it to him. The Facebook post says the man has since been elected as the Democratic candidate for statewide office "in a state some 3000 miles away," won the election in November 2017, and "by strange, horrible luck, it seems increasingly likely that he'll get a VERY BIG promotion." Should Northam resign, Fairfax would be next in line. Should Fairfax resign from his post, the governorship would fall to Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, who already declared his candidacy for Governor in 2021. More here.