Fairfax Staffers Resign After Second Sexual Assault Allegation

According to a Monday evening report, several employees close to embattled Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax have resigned after a second woman, Meredith Watson, accused him of rape.

“Two of the three government staffers to Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and two employees of his political action committee resigned following news Friday of a second sexual assault allegation against him,” according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

Dave Mills, executive director of the PAC called We Rise Together, resigned along with fundraiser Courtney McCargo. According to the report, Mills is married to a Democratic Party State Senator, Jennifer McClellan of the Richmond district.

Fairfax’s policy director Adele McClure, along with his scheduling director Julia Billingsley both resigned, leaving Fairfax with only one government staffer.

“Lauren Burke, Fairfax’s communications director, remains employed by his PAC and Larry Roberts, his chief of staff, remains on as a state employee,” the report said.

Fairfax was placed on leave from his full-time job as an attorney at Morrison & Foerster.

Still, the Lt. Gov. refuses to resign from his post, despite the fact that numerous high-ranking Democratic officials, including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), both presidential candidates, have called for his resignation.


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