Virginia AG admits wearing blackface at college party

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"We have black kids who make true mistakes like going to a playground with a toy gun, and they lose their life", she said, pointing to Tamir Rice, a black boy who was 12 years old when he was shot by police in OH in 2014.

The 57-year-old Herring came forward after rumors about the existence of a blackface photo of him began circulating at the Capitol.

The black lawmakers said the sexual assault allegation against Fairfax must be "thoroughly investigated".

The crisis threatens to bring down all three politicians, all of them Democrats.

Vanessa Tyson, an associate professor at Scripps College in California, said Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex on him in July 2004 at the Democratic National Convention. "Given his false assertions, I'm compelled to make clear what happened".

Herring, who like Northam is white, is second in line to succeed the governor as attorney general. He said that the accuser offered "a very compelling and detailed statement of a serious, serious charge", while Fairfax has given "a very unequivocal denial".

Fairfax has repeatedly denied her allegations, saying the encounter was consensual and he is the victim of a strategically timed political smear.

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Scott's office did not return a Daily Wire inquiry into whether he believes the allegation against Fairfax is "credible", as he believed the Kavanaugh allegations were.

The string of scandals that began when the yearbook picture came to light last Friday could have a domino effect on Virginia state government: If all three top Democrats fall, House Speaker Kirk Cox, a conservative Republican, would command the state. 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.

While they were in the hotel room, Tyson wrote, Fairfax caught her off guard by kissing her. "I think some of it is stupidity, honestly". Republican House majority leader Todd Gilbert said it would be "reckless" to comment.

The governor initially said he was one of the two men, then denied it a day later.

The concern among Democrats is that the string of damaging stories could have ramifications in legislative elections later this year and, more critically, when statewide Democrats run in 2020 and 2021.

Trump accused Democrats Thursday of political bias, tweeting that "If the three failing pols were Republicans, far stronger action would be taken".

Aaron Bernstein / ReutersJustin Fairfax speaking at an election rally for Ralph Northam in 2017.

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The accusation comes amid calls from top Democrats for the resignation of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam over a racist photo that appeared on his 1984 medical school yearbook page. Florida's recently elected Republican secretary of state last month resigned after a newspaper published a photo of him wearing blackface at a 2005 costume party. But he did admit wearing dark shoe polish on his face to imitate pop singer Michael Jackson while he was in the Army in 1984.

Herring came down hard on Northam when the yearbook photo surfaced, condemning it as "indefensible", and "profoundly offensive".

But things did get worse for the state, when the man in line to succeed Northam was accused of sexual assault, and the man third-in-line to succeed him admitted that he, too, had worn blackface as a teenager.

"It sounds ridiculous even now writing it".

Herring, who has expressed gubernatorial ambitions of his own, apologized for "a callous and inexcusable lack of awareness and insensitivity".

"This conduct is in no way reflective of the man I have become in the almost 40 years since", he said.

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