Remember when Democrats and others on the Left sought to destroy now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh? They presented allegations from over 30 years ago and said Kavanaugh needed to provide a defense. They said the FBI should get involved and even threatened to throw Kavanaugh in jail over the situation.
His wife and daughters could only sit idly as they were forced to watch Democratic lawmakers accuse him of sexual assault and of drugging and raping women.
The pressure from the whole situation could have destroyed a lesser man, or at least caused him to withdraw his name from consideration, but Kavanaugh stuck it through and clung to what he knew to be true.
The incident seems so distant now like it happened years ago, right? No, not even four months ago Kavanaugh was in a fight of his life to defend his reputation.
It seems the standard has changed completely for Democrats from October of 2018 to February, as Democratic Congressman G. K. Butterfield is calling 15-year-old allegations against Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax “mighty suspect.”
As Politico reports, Democrats are still calling on Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to resign but are torn when it comes to Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring.
Democrats from Virginia declined to call on Lt Gov. Justin Fairfax or Attorney General Mark Herring to resign on Thursday in their first comments about the scandals facing two top lawmakers in the commonwealth.
“We will continue in dialogue with one another and our constituents in the coming days, and evaluate additional information as it comes to light,” said Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and the rest of the Democratic congressional delegation from Virginia.
Warner and Kaine — along with other lawmakers from the state — reiterated their call for Gov. Ralph Northam to resign.
Earlier Thursday, in a lengthy statement, the Legislative Black Caucus reiterated its call for Northam to step down but emphasized it is treating the scandals facing all three of the state’s top lawmakers individually. Other Democrats — including the House Democrats — quickly followed their lead, issuing statements of their own hours later.
Here’s more, from the Washington Post:
Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.), at first, did not equivocate.
“I believe Dr. Vanessa Tyson,” the freshman lawmaker tweeted Wednesday evening, just hours after Tyson publicly alleged Virginia’s lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, sexually assaulted her in 2004.
Other Democrats have urged caution and raised suspicions about why Fairfax is now facing the charges. “This was 15 years ago and it’s mighty suspect that it would come out now,” said Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Democrats are grappling with how to respond to charges against one of their own after their unified stand in the fall when Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh faced years-old sexual misconduct allegations, which he denied.
Some are urging a consistency of the cause regardless if it cuts short the career of a rising star such as Fairfax. Others are staking out different ground as the Virginia scandals pile up, acknowledging that one top priority is to retain control of the governor’s mansion.
And many Democrats, even those who took the lead against Kavanaugh’s nomination four months ago, just want to avoid the issue altogether.
“I’m from Illinois. I’ve got so many things I’m working on; that’s not one of them. I’m just not getting into it,” said Sen. Richard J. Durbin (Ill.), the No. 2 Senate Democrat and a senior member of the Judiciary Committee.
Even Wexton, less than 24 hours after tweeting that she believed Fairfax committed sexual assault, declined to say what should happen to the lieutenant governor.
Hmm.. this seems to be a completely different standard than the one given to Kavanaugh.
At least Virginia legislative Black caucus members are calling for an investigation into the sexual assault allegations and affording them the seriousness they deserve.
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“While we appreciate the candor of attorney general Herring’s disclosure, we await further action on his part to reassure the citizens of his fitness for leadership,” the statement from the black caucus said.
The caucus said that allegations of sexual assault against Fairfax “should be thoroughly investigated.”
“We continue to monitor with great concern the allegations Dr. Tyson has levied against our Lieutenant Governor,” said the statement from the state House Democrats. “The sexual assault allegation is alarming, and we are treating it with the seriousness it deserves.”