Possible impeachment could further up end politics
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.