It’s turning into a circular firing squad in Virginia, one with extraordinarily high entertainment value. Democrat governor Northam was photographed in blackface 35 years ago (35!), and Democrat church elders declare he’s gotta resign.
The heir apparent is Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax … who is now accused of sexual assault (in 2004) by a woman who’s now a professor in California - Fairfax denies it. Based on the Kavanaugh rule it would seem that he, too, has gotta resign. Side note of interest here: the woman went to the Washington Post with her allegation of sexual assault by Fairfax in November 2017, but WaPo refused to publish it because her allegations could not be corroborated - although WaPo had hosted a wholesale libel of Justice Kavanaugh two months earlier based on similar allegations.
Next in line would be AG Mark Herring, a Democrat who has admitted that he, too, cavorted in blackface nearly 40 years ago (this after he condemned Northam for the same behavior). If Northam goes then Herring has to go, too.
Bringing us to the fourth in line, Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox, a Republican. A Republican who might stand a good chance of winning office if a new election were held, or would be Virginia Governor in 2021 if a special election is not held. Virginia’s legislature is dominated by Republicans. A Republican governor in place in 2021 would, of course, place the GOP is a very good position to sign new laws controlling Congressional redistricting that must take place there in light of the results of the 2020 census.
So it would seem that cultural appropriation and the “rules” of #metoo have placed Virginia Democrats in quite a pickle. Stay tuned, it should be very interesting.