One of the many Virginia Democrats currently mired in scandal, Lieutenant Gov. Justin Fairfax, said he was “thinking very seriously” about running for governor.
Of all the Democrats currently involved in a political scandal, Fairfax is the only one who has been accused of something without evidence, and he has denied the sexual assault allegations against him. The first accusation came earlier this year, in February, after it looked like Fairfax may ascend to Virginia governor following the revelation that Gov. Ralph Northam dressed in blackface while in medical school. A second accusation against Fairfax came days later.
Neither of the allegations against Fairfax have any evidence to support them outside of the allegations, yet national and local Democrats called for Fairfax to resign.
Those calls quickly disappeared after the next in line for governor, Attorney General Mark Herring, also admitted to wearing blackface in college, which would mean the next in line for governor would be a Republican.
If Fairfax were a Republican, protesters would be outside his home and office day and night, following him to work, harassing anyone walking by, screaming about how they’re also victims and he doesn’t care about victims of sexual assault. That’s what happened to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when similarly flimsy allegations were made against him. In Kavanaugh’s case, however, the media ran with the uncorroborated allegations to try and keep him off the Supreme Court.
The Washington Post was even aware of Vanessa Tyson’s claims against Fairfax and decided against reporting them.
Fairfax seems to be standing firm in his denial. Tyson accused him of sexually assaulting her at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, and Meredith Watson accused him of raping her while they were both students at Duke University. He refused to resign.
Now he’s eyeing a run for governor, saying the allegations have raised his profile and that people don’t believe the allegations against him.
“Many people a year ago would not have recognized me, now they really do,” Fairfax told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “People come up to me at gas stations, they say, ‘Hey, we recognize you. We love you. We know what they are saying about you is false.’”
At this same roundtable discussion with reporters, Fairfax said he was “very hopeful about the future” and “thinking very seriously” about running for governor in 2021.
The women who accused Fairfax have wanted a hearing before Virginia’s General Assembly. Fairfax and Virginia Democrats have refused, insisting (correctly) that law enforcement should investigate instead. No police reports have been filed regarding the allegations.
It is quite different than how the Kavanaugh allegations played out. The women who accused him provided just as little evidence, yet they have been lionized in the media and treated as truth-telling victims. Fairfax’s accusers have been relegated to local news reports, ignored by the major left-wing media outlets.
If Fairfax runs for governor, he may struggle, but he may also give hope to other men who believe they were falsely accused, showing that one can still aspire to greater things.