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Virginia black lawmakers call for probe into Fairfax allegations

Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax.
Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Amid scandals involving three of Virginia’s top Democratic officials, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus on Thursday called for a thorough state investigation into the "troubling" 2004 sexual assault allegation leveled against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

The big picture: The lawmakers doubled down on their call for Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam to resign over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, but stopped short of calling on Fairfax to do the same. They also did not ask Attorney General Mark Herring to resign, and said that while they recognized Herring's "candor" in admitting to wearing blackface at a college party in 1980, "we await further action on his part to reassure the citizens of the Commonwealth of his fitness for leadership."