Larry Sabato Discusses Democratic Party, Justin Fairfax Following 2nd Allegation

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A second woman has come forward to accuse Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of rape as Virginia's state Democratic leadership is enveloped in scandal.

"I say this again without reservation: I did not sexually assault or rape Meredith Watson, Vanessa Tyson or anyone else", his latest statement asserted.

"I overreacted", he said, by putting out a statement taking blame for the picture.

Watson's attorney also produced an email exchange from October 2016 between her client and Milagros Joye Brown, another friend from Duke, that details the alleged assault.

Ms. Watson made the accusation in a statement released by her attorney in New Jersey, Nancy Erika Smith.

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The lawyer said Watson also told friends - including Fairfax - about the earlier incident. It is demonstrably false.

Fairfax also addressed Watson's claim in his statement, saying: "Regarding Ms. Watson, I knew Ms. Watson in college both before and after the encounter, and she never said to me that our interaction was not consensual or caused her any discomfort". "Such an investigation will confirm my account because I am telling the truth".

"I have passed two full field background checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and run for office in two highly contested elections with nothing like this being raised before". "I am asking that no one rush to judgment and I am asking for there to be space in this moment for due process".

Two women have accused Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault, and he has emphatically denied both allegations.

Fairfax's first accuser, Dr. Vanessa Tyson, alleges that he forced her to perform a sexual act at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.

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Carliss Chatman, a Washington & Lee Law School professor who graduated from Duke in 2001, said she has remained friends with Fairfax and hosted a political fundraiser for him.

Many elected officials and presidential hopefuls have called for Fairfax to resign after two women went public with allegations of sexual assault this week. "The time has come for him to step down". Northam has denied that he is in the photo. Northam spent the week in seclusion after a racist picture on the personal page of his medical school yearbook was discovered. Fairfax has maintained the allegations against him are not true. As with Fairfax, there have been emphatic calls for their resignations, including from leading figures in their own party.

Northam, Fairfax and Herring, who are now all facing calls to resign, represent the top three rungs in the line of succession of Virginia's governorship, the fourth being Stephen Newman, the president pro tempore of the Senate of Virginia.

But Friday's accusation sparked a round of calls for his resignation, and even the threat of impeachment.

That call was echoed by almost every member of Virginia's national congressional delegation, including Rep. Jennifer Wexton.

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The Democrat - now a year into his four-year term - announced his intention to stay at a Friday afternoon Cabinet meeting, according to a senior official who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.