Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Jackie Speier: 'I have no reason to doubt' Justin Fairfax allegation

Obtained by ABC News Professor Vanessa Tyson Obtained by ABC News Professor Vanessa Tyson
Jeannette Daniel | 09 February, 2019, 05:32

"There's very little that I have seen, but from what she has said I have no reason to doubt her", Ms. Speier said.

Blackface began in NY vaudeville shows of the 1830s, when slavery was still legal in the U.S. South, and featured white performers who blackened their faces with burnt cork or shoe polish to caricature blacks on plantations as lazy and stupid. Tyson said that, on the third day of the convention, (July 28, 2004), she agreed to accompany Fairfax to pick up some papers at his hotel room in order to get some "fresh air" outside of the convention.

Then as videos and pictures of college students wearing blackface popped up - leading universities to condemn the images and take disciplinary action.

But the senator was more guarded on Fairfax, who has denied allegations by a California professor, Vanessa C. Tyson, that he sexually assaulted her.

Gov. Ralph Northam's career was already teetering over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook when the crisis spiralled out of control.

Democrats at the top are killing the Great State of Virginia. Kirk Cox, 61, the Republican speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, is No. 3 in line to succeed the governor.

Northam has continued to cling to power, hunkered down in the governor's mansion in Richmond, despite facing calls to resign from nearly the entire Democratic party in Virginia, and a number of prominent black public figures.

Later in the day, the governor issued a statement to state employees, saying, "You have placed your trust in me to lead Virginia forward - and I plan to do that".

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Northam won the governorship in 2017, and Democrats made big gains in the state, in part because of a backlash against Trump, and has moved to within striking distance of a majority in both houses.

Within the last six days, Virginia's Democratic leadership has begun collapsing on itself after three of its high-level members were caught up in scandal after scandal.

"I only know from my experiences what it's like to be treated differently because I'm female or because I'm bisexual", the governor told reporters sitting with her at a conference table in her office. 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.

Prominent Democrats came down hard on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam after he apologized for a racist photo. The fallout has been most intense for Northam, a former U.S. Army doctor whose medical school yearbook page was revealed to show a photo of one person in blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan costume.

The painful history of blackface in America was highlighted this week as two top Virginia Democrats came under fire after admitting to having blackened their faces to resemble African-Americans while in college in the 1980s. POSSIBLE REDEMPTION Late on Thursday, the state's congressional delegation released a statement indicating a consensus of forgiveness might be emerging around Herring.

Abrams delivered the Democratic response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday, another step to national prominence following a close election loss for governor in Georgia past year to Republican Brian Kemp.

"Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz was retained by the lieutenant governor in January 2018 with respect to a possible story in a media publication, and we are now representing him", said firm attorney Rakesh Kilaru.

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