Virginia Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam 'Must Resign'

Attorney General Mark Herring speaks at a Virginia Democratic Party annual fundraiser in 2015

Attorney General Mark Herring speaks at a Virginia Democratic Party annual fundraiser in 2015

The congressional aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Tyson didn't personally share any of the details of her allegation against Fairfax - Scott only learned limited information about it through Post reporters, who contacted him a year ago at Tyson's request.

But before his ascendency could be complete, Professor Vanessa Tyson came forward with allegations of sexual assault against Fairfax.

Tyson described herself as a "proud Democrat", whose only interest was to refute the "falsehoods and aspersions of my character", she wrote.

"And the ones who are there already need to truly take a firm stance on protecting and supporting marginalized communities who need them", she said.

He apologized for his "callous" behaviour and said the days ahead "will make it clear whether I can or should continue to serve".

Fairfax has denied the accusations, saying that the encounter was consensual and that he is the victim of a strategically timed political smear, but he has also faced calls to resign.

"At no time did she express to me any discomfort or concern about our interactions, neither during that encounter, nor during the months following it, when she stayed in touch with me, nor the past 15 years", he said.

Tyson initially went to The Washington Post with her story in late 2017, after Fairfax's election to lieutenant governor and before his confirmation. "But it doesn't change the fact that Northam needs to resign". She informed Scott, a Virginia Democrat, about her allegations because she and the congressman had previously been in a long-term romantic relationship, the sources said, adding that Tyson mentioned her allegations to Scott after they had ended the relationship.

Among those who called for Northam's resignation was Mark Herring, Virginia's attorney general who condemned the photo as "indefensible", "profoundly offensive" and "shocking and deeply disappointing".

At the Capitol, lawmakers were dumbstruck over the day's fast-moving developments, with Democratic Sen. "And I would ask the state of Virginia, especially the governor, to think about what amends looks like in their state". "We think the process is moving too rapidly", McShane said.

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams wouldn't call on the embattled trio of Virginia Democrats to resign in an interview Thursday, saying they should take "responsibility for their decisions". The party has prided itself on policing its own and hoped to contrast that record with the GOP's tolerance of misbehavior by President Donald Trump.

Democratic US Senator Al Franken resigned in 2017 after being accused of sexual misconduct. They moved close to capturing a majority in the state House of Delegates in 2017, and picked up three U.S. House of Representatives seats from Republicans a year ago.

Trump, who has batted away a series of scandals involving himself and members of his administration, predicted the turmoil would help flip Virginia back to voting Republican in the 2020 elections.

On Feb. 1 a conservative news outlet discovered a photo of two individuals dressed in racist attire on Governor Northams medical school yearbook page from his graduation year 1984.

"I can not believe, given my obvious distress, that Mr. Fairfax thought this forced sexual act was consensual", Tyson wrote.

The scandal embroiled its first Republican on Thursday, when the Virginian-Pilot newspaper reported that state Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment was an editor of a 1968 yearbook from the Virginia Military Institute dotted with racist images and slurs.

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