Although Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has faced scrutiny over two sexual assault allegations, one of his spokespersons implied that he is considering a run for governor.
When asked on the Gene Rossi show whether Fairfax is considering a run for governor in 2021, spokesperson Lauren Burke asked “why wouldn’t he be?”
“There’s nothing proven in this case; all we have is people talking,” Burke said. “Justin Fairfax has been the one who has wanted to have a criminal investigation and get the facts out, nobody else, and frankly I think the facts are going to come out. I don’t think there’s any fear whatsoever on our side of deposition or discovery. I think it should be on their side.”
Earlier this year, Fairfax faced accusations of sexual assault from two different women: first Vanessa Tyson and then Meredith Watson. Tyson alleged that Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex during the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston as she cried and tried to escape. Watson alleged that he raped her when they were undergraduate students at Duke University in 2000.
Fairfax has denied that he sexually assaulted either woman and has sued CBS for reporting on Watson’s story, alleging that the news outlet published information it knew was false to make money. Both women have stood by their allegations.
Members of both parties requested that Fairfax resign after the allegations. Although he kept his position as lieutenant governor, he resigned from his position at the Morrison & Foerster law firm.
Along with Fairfax, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe has expressed interest in running for the position again. The current attorney general, Mark Herring, has already declared his candidacy for the office.