Who knows what’s in the water in Virginia, but one thing’s for sure: there’s total chaos in the Capitol. As we told you before, it’s been a bizarre week with Governor Ralph Northam has been dealing with a black face debacle . Then, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax found himself accused of sexual assault . So if they get pushed out…Attorney General Mark Herring would step in. Not so fast.
You see, Herring also admits that he, too dressed up in black face at a college party in 1980. “I was a 19-year-old undergraduate in college, some friends suggested we attend a party dressed like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurtis Blow , and perform a song,” he says in a statement. “It sounds ridiculous even now writing it. But because of our ignorance and glib attitudes…we dressed up and put on wigs and brown makeup.”
Herring goes on to say that it was a “one time occurrence” and added that he is “deeply, deeply sorry for the pain that I cause with this revelation.” Apologies from all three men aside, these ‘revelations’ have thrown state government and the state Democratic party into complete turmoil – Herring’s once-planned 2021 gubernatorial run notwithstanding. See Herring’s full statement below.
- Meanwhile, the woman accusing Lt. Gov. Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in 2004 is now detailing the alleged incident . Vanessa Tyson , a professor at Scripps College in California, says Fairfax forced her to engage in sexual acts with him in his hotel room in Boston during the Democratic National Convention. Fairfax is adamant that the encounter was consensual. Tyson says she can't believe Fairfax thought it was , given her obvious distress. “I take this situation very seriously,” Fairfax says in a statement. “I continue to believe Dr. Tyson should be treated with respect. But, I cannot agree to a description of events that simply is not true."