Democrats Speechless as Scandal Engulfs Virginia's Leaders

Democrats Speechless as Scandal Engulfs Virginia's Leaders

"With tremendous anguish, I am now sharing this information about my experience and setting the record straight ..."

Fairfax, who has been married since 2006, has called Tyson's accusation part of a political smear campaign.

"I wish her no harm or humiliation, nor do I seek to denigrate her or diminish her voice". Tyson said that she has no political motive and is a "proud Democrat".

This was Tyson's first public statement about the incident, but according to a source close to Tyson's legal team, the professor had alerted Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott about the alleged assault over a year ago.

"I felt a jarring sense of both outrage and despair", she said in the statement.

"At no time did she express to me any discomfort or concern about our interactions, neither during that encounter, nor during the months that followed it, when she stayed in touch with me, nor the past fifteen years".

"I am not either of the people in that photo", he said with his wife by his side.

Spin reached out to Blow's reps, who did not immediately reply to the request for comment.

Prominent Republican and President of Liberty University, Jerry Falwell Jr., has waded into the furor of the unfolding political scandals in Virginia after calling the Democrats at the center of it an "embarrassment" on social media.

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Mr Northam has come under pressure from almost the entire state and national Democratic establishment to resign after the discovery of a photo on his profile page in the Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook of someone in blackface standing next to a person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

In his initial apology, Northam, a pediatric neurologist, said that the photo does not represent who he is now.

She was referring to Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, the next in line for succession to Virginia's highest office, who is accused of sexual assault; and Attorney General Mark Herring, the second in line, who acknowledged he once put on blackface in college. Indeed, Tyson hired Katz for the objective of drawing that parallel - and that's not meant cynically, it just makes sense for someone trying to lodge a complaint like this to align themselves with attorneys who've already shown credibility in that arena.

Democratic Sen. Louise Lucas said several people were crying, including men, as Herring apologized to black lawmakers Wednesday morning before issuing his public statement.

Tyson said she met Fairfax while they were working at the convention and he suggested they get some fresh air by walking to his hotel room. While the kiss was consensual, Tyson said, what happened next was not.

"It is no longer possible for Governor Northam to lead our Commonwealth and it is time for him to step down", said Herring in a statement. "As one of seven working on a 359-page yearbook, I can not endorse or associate myself with every photo, entry, or word on each page", Norment wrote, adding that he did not appear in or take any of the photos in question. While Fairfax has asked for his family and Tyson's family to be respected and given privacy, he has continually stuck to his initial statement that he has nothing to hide.

In a 2007 YouTube video, Tyson talks about her work at a Boston rape crisis centre, about being a victim of incest at age 8 and about the importance of sexual assault victims coming forward. Big League Politics, a conservative online publication, published a screenshot of the post on Sunday. "But it doesn't change the fact that Northam needs to resign".

Fairfax now sits on the Sanford School Board of Visitors at Duke, according to the Board's website.

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