Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe calls on Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign after a second woman, Meredith Watson, accused him of raping her when they were students at Duke University in 2000.
McAuliffe tweeted: “The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible. It is clear to me that he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Governor. I call for his immediate resignation.”
The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible. It is clear to me that he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Governor. I call for his immediate resignation.
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) February 8, 2019
Fairfax said he “will not resign,” as he called the allegations against him a “vicious and coordinated smear campaign.”
Statement from Justin Fairfax via spox —> pic.twitter.com/y2B67vKigs
— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) February 8, 2019
Watson’s attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, issued a <a href=”https://twitter.com/nick_rathod/status/1093979489934237698″>shocking news release</a> detailing the alleged attack, which was described as “premeditated and aggressive.”
“The two were friends, but never dated or had a romantic relationship,” the statement reads. “Ms. Watson shared her account of the rape with friends in a series of emails and Facebook messages that are now in our possession.”
Separately, CNN reports that Virginia Del. Patrick Hope is drafting articles of impeachment and plans to submit them on Monday if Fairfax does not resign.
On Monday, I will be introducing articles of impeachment for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax if he has not resigned before then.
— Patrick Hope (@HopeforVirginia) February 8, 2019
Reaction on Twitter:
Given recent developments, I believe that it is best for the Commonwealth of Virginia if Justin Fairfax dealt with these accusations as a private citizen. He can no longer serve us as the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.
— Rep. Donald McEachin (@RepMcEachin) February 8, 2019
The multiple detailed allegations against the Lt. Gov. of Virginia are deeply troubling. They are serious, credible, and corroborated by others. It is no longer appropriate for him to serve. He should resign.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) February 8, 2019
I believe Dr. Vanessa Tyson.
I believe Meredith Watson.
And I believe Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax must resign.
— Rep. Jennifer Wexton (@RepWexton) February 8, 2019
My statement below on Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax: pic.twitter.com/chu4oSdnbh
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) February 8, 2019
These credible and troubling allegations from Dr. Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson make it clear that Lt. Gov Fairfax should resign. My heart goes out to these brave women and their families.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 8, 2019
Just as with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, it took a lot of courage for Dr. Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson to come forward to be heard. Their courage is part of the change we need and the responsibility we all share to end the scourge of sexual violence in our country
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) February 8, 2019
In a joint statement, five Democratic congressmen from Virginia call on Fairfax to resign pic.twitter.com/2VFIHbiScn
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) February 8, 2019