The spectacular downfall of Virginia’s Democratic Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax after the discovery of sexual assault allegations appears to be spreading beyond the pages of The Washington Post and having a decisive effect on the gubernatorial election.
In an op-ed written for Time magazine, Virginia State Senator Jennifer McClellan made a case for the damage that Fairfax’s ordeal is doing to the Democratic Party.
It was George Stephanopoulos’ show “This Week” that brought the very first Fairfax rape allegations to light. Now, the deadline has come and gone and Fairfax has not emerged from the scandal unscathed. The question is whether Fairfax will step down as the Democrats’ chief lieutenant or whether he will fight tooth and nail against the allegations. If he doesn’t step down, he won’t have a powerful ally and the chances of Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam resigning will only increase.
If the allegations are true, both Northam and Fairfax should resign. This would not only help diffuse the scandal but would also restore some dignity to the entire Democratic Party and reignite the so-called “blue wave” that President Trump’s election also slowed to a standstill.