WaPo: A public hearing is “…the most likely means to deliver an accounting to what is, at this point, the real jury: the people of Virginia.”
WASHINGTON – Published in this morning’s Washington Post opinion section, the paper’s editorial board has joined Republican Virginia legislators and thousands of Virginians across the Commonwealth in calling for a General Assembly hearing on the multiple, credible allegations of rape and sexual assault against Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax. Virginia Democrats have repeatedly stood in the way of Speaker Kirk Cox’s and House Republicans’ attempts to hold a public hearing, depriving these women of their right to be heard.
Republican State Leadership Committee President Austin Chambers issued the following statement:
“Virginia Democrats’ silencing of these women who are willing to testify before the General Assembly is despicable. The only way to be sure we hear all sides of the credible allegations of rape and sexual assault against Lt. Governor Fairfax is for Democrats to put aside their political interests and agree to a General Assembly hearing on the matter. There is no excuse to deprive these women of their right to be heard by the public – no matter how politically inconvenient it is for the scandal-ridden Democrats of Virginia.”
In case you missed it, The Washington Post editorial board this morning wrote:
“VIRGINIA LT. GOV. Justin Fairfax’s once-promising political career, and possibly his professional one, have hung in the balance since February, when he was accused of sexual assault by two women, neither of whom had any apparent reason to lie. The Democrat has not helped his cause by alleging a smear campaign and conspiracy against him; by sliming one accuser by saying she was “very much into” their sexual encounter; or, this month, by filing a lawsuit against CBS , which aired interviews last spring with his accusers, that looks frivolous on its face.
In the process, the criminal allegations against Mr. Fairfax have been allowed to fester, a terrible outcome for Virginia.
Nonetheless, a hearing remains the sole option that may be exercised at the General Assembly’s discretion, and the only way to elicit sworn testimony by Mr. Fairfax and his accusers, among others, in a public forum not susceptible to stage managing by any of them. Whatever its imperfections, it is the most likely means to deliver an accounting to what is, at this point, the real jury: the people of Virginia.”