U.S. Rep. Don McEachin, one of two black members of Virginia's congressional caucus, is calling for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign.
McEachin said Friday that Fairfax should deal with accusations of sexual assault from two women "as a private citizen." McEachin is a former top-ranking Democratic state senator. He's joined by five other Democratic U.S. House members from in calling for Fairfax to resign.
Fairfax is the only African-American official in a Virginia statewide office.
Earlier Friday, a woman released a statement saying Fairfax assaulted her when they both were students at Duke University. Earlier, a California college professor, Vanessa Tyson, accused Fairfax of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in 2004 during the Democratic National Convention.
Fairfax has denied the allegations and says he won't resign.
U.S. Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York were first among the expanding 2020 Demoratic presidential field to call for Fairfax's resignation. Booker posted on Twitter on Friday that "the multiple detailed allegations against the Lt. Gov. of Virginia are deeply troubling" and called on Fairfax to leave office.
Gillibrand called details of the second woman's claims "sickening and horrendous" and also called on Fairfax to step down.
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