Pos­si­ble im­peach­ment could fur­ther up end pol­i­tics

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION+WORLD -

RICH­MOND >> Vir­ginia law­mak­ers will re­luc­tantly face the un­prece­dented prospect of im­peach­ing the state’s sec­ond most pow­er­ful leader as they strug­gle to ad­dress rev­e­la­tions of past racist be­hav­ior and al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault roil­ing its high­est lev­els of of­fice. At least one law­maker said he will try to pur­sue im­peach­ment of Demo­cratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fair­fax af­ter two women ac­cused Fair­fax of sex­ual as­sault in the 2000s, a move that ex­perts be­lieve would be a first in Vir­ginia. Fair­fax has ve­he­mently de­nied the claims and called for au­thor­i­ties, in­clud­ing the FBI, to in­ves­ti­gate. Gov. Northam and At­tor­ney Gen­eral Her­ring are em­broiled in their own scan­dal af­ter ac­knowl­edg­ing they wore black­face in the 1980s . Northam, a pe­di­atric neu­rol­o­gist, said that he con­sid­ered re­sign­ing but that he’s “not go­ing any­where” be­cause the state “needs some­one that can heal” it. Northam said that it’s been a dif­fi­cult week since a racist photo in his med­i­cal school year­book sur­faced, show­ing a per­son wear­ing black­face next to another per­son in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

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