Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) has threatened legal action against a conservative website that aired what Fairfax’s office called a “defamatory and false” sexual assault allegation against him, the Richmond Times Dispatch reports.
Fairfax would become the governor if Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is forced to resign over his racist yearbook photo.
New York Times: “As Northam met Monday morning with advisers in the state capitol complex here to discuss his future, stunned legislators arrived to word of the middle-of-the-night statement by the Fairfax aides after the publication of the story by the right-wing website, Big League Politics.”
“The allegation threw Virginia’s government into a deeper state of chaos, just two days after Mr. Northam admitted that in 1984 he had used shoe polish to darken his face for a Michael Jackson-themed dance party but denied in the same year that he had appeared in blackface or a Ku Klux Klan robe.”