RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Democratic Party of Virginia is calling for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign.
Party chairwoman Susan Swecker issued a statement Saturday saying Fairfax can’t serve effectively because two women this week made credible allegations of sexual assault.
The party joins a long list of elected officials and presidential hopefuls who have already called for Fairfax to resign.
Fairfax has emphatically denied both allegations and said he won’t step down.
Until a week ago, Fairfax was a fast-rising star in the Democratic Party. He is only the second African-American to ever hold statewide office in Virginia.
The calls for Fairfax to resign come as Virginia’s Democratic governor and attorney general are embroiled in scandals involving the past use of blackface.