Fairfax removed from leadership post in lieutenant governors group

Source: The Hill | February 9, 2019 | Tal Axelrod

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) was removed from his post as chairman of the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association (DLGA) on Friday after two women came forward this week to accuse him of sexual assault. 

Lt. Govs. Bethany Hall-Long (Del.) and Cyrus Habib (Wash.) will take his place as interim co-chairs of the DLGA, the group announced Saturday.

“Lt. Governors Hall-Long and Habib have been leaders of this organization and are fully committed to making a meaningful difference in the future and direction of our country,” DLGA Executive Director Roshan Patel said in a statement.

Fairfax spearheaded the group’s launch last year, becoming its first chairman. The DLGA provides resources and policy assistance to Democrats in their campaigns for lieutenant governor.

The announcement of the group’s leadership change came hours after a second woman, Meredith Watson, came forward to accuse Fairfax of sexual assault. Watson came forward Friday through her lawyer, accusing Fairfax of raping her in 2000 when they were both students at Duke University.

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