Northam, Fairfax and Herring, who are now all facing calls to resign, represent the top three rungs in the line of succession of Virginia's governorship, the fourth being Stephen Newman, the president pro tempore of the Senate of Virginia.
"This is very distressing for everybody in Richmond", Comstock said.
Many are struggling to come to grips with a list of nagging questions: Do they forgive the Democrats, keep Republicans out of power and demand the governor get serious about racism?
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A digest of the top political stories from the Globe, sent to your inbox Monday-Friday. "Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage and who has a moral compass". He added: "That's why I'm not going anywhere". Calls for Fairfax to step aside have come from many people, including several potential Democratic presidential hopefuls. "But he sacrificed so much of his ability to govern effectively".
The accusations against Fairfax have rocked an administration that was already struggling amid calls for the resignation of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam over a racist photo that appeared on his 1984 medical school yearbook page.
Northam also commented on the third example of racial insensitivity that buffeted a leading Virginia Democrat last week ― Attorney General Mark Herring ― and created a sense of political chaos in the state. "A lot of individuals across Virginia have been hurt", Northam said in the 1813 Executive Mansion. "Lt. Governor Fairfax's assertion that these sexual assaults were consensual, while simultaneously trying both on and off the record to discredit the victims, says all you need to know about his lack of fitness to serve in public office". Mr. Fairfax answered: "I knew that because of what happened to you a year ago, you'd be too afraid to say anything". But he said if the accusations "are determined to be true, I don't think he's going to have any other option but to resign".
He called on "all appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities, including the FBI", to investigate the claims.
Watson alleges that Fairfax raped her while they were students at Duke University in 2000, her attorney said in a statement. There are ongoing inequities to access to things like education, health care, mortgages, capital, entrepreneurship. "It's obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do".
"We knew Trump had just gotten elected and we needed a Democratic governor in Virginia, especially because of the importance of the state in national elections", Wise, 34, explained.
"Ms. Watson shared her account of the rape with friends in a series of emails and Facebook messages that are now in our possession", the statement reads.
"The long and short of it is that Fairfax is the one in trouble and unless he's impeached, he does not have to resign", Sabato said. On Friday, the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association removed Fairfax from its leadership ranks, naming officials from DE and Washington state in his place.
"This was so normalised, that for numerous generation of white men we are talking about it, it was common sense for them to act like that [wear blackface] and not see anything wrong".