Justin Fairfax is in line to be governor of Virginia. Fairfax, the state’s lieutenant governor and fellow Democrat, would be next in line if Northam does resign.
Ralph Northam has been facing pressure to resign over a racist photo that recently surfaced from his 1984 medical school yearbook page.
Many details in the post match Fairfax’s biography.
He was a staffer for John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004.
The first sexual assault allegation became public on February 3, when Patrick Howley of the conservative website Big League Politics reported that Vanessa Tyson, a professor of politics at Scripps College, had said she was sexually assaulted in 2004 by a campaign staffer who was now up for a “VERY BIG promotion” in Democratic politics.
Howley, who was also the first to obtain the Northam yearbook photo, noted that Fairfax was a campaign staffer for presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004 and that he was now poised to become governor of Virginia.
Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had called for him to become governor. “Imagine you were sexually assaulted during the DNC convention in Boston in 2004 by a campaign staffer,” reads what Big League Politics reports is a private post online by Tyson.
“The Washington Post, acknowledging it had no corroboration, just smeared an elected official,” the statement said.