Virginia Lt. Gov Fairfax’s accuser just hired a familiar law firm, backs Dems further into a corner

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The woman accusing Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault has hired the law firm that represented Christine Blasey Ford in her allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The Washington, D.C.-based firm of Katz, Marshall and Banks has been retained by the woman who claims the Democrat sexually assaulted her during the 2004 Democratic National Convention,  allegations that Fairfax has denied, NPR reported.

Fairfax called the claim “false and unsubstantiated” in a statement Monday just as he is facing the possibility of taking over the governorship if Virginia’s current Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has to step down amid controversy stemming from a blackface photo that surfaced from his 1984 medical school yearbook.

According to NPR, the woman making the claims against Fairfax “alleged that what began as consensual kissing escalated to a forced encounter that included oral sex. Fairfax says the encounter was entirely consensual.”

Meanwhile, the lieutenant governor questioned the timing of the accusation and argued that the claim is politically motivated.

But with his accuser gearing up for what looks like more formal action, Fairfax may soon be pushing Democrats into a corner as they have to deal with their record on the Kavanaugh hearings.

The Washington Post noted that, although it had known about the allegations against Fairfax when the woman approached them with the story in 2017, but they opted out of reporting it then because they were unable to corroborate the claims. Some pointed out, however, that corroborating evidence was not there at the time of the Kavanaugh hearings but the paper went ahead with the story accusing the then-Supreme Court nominee anyway.

“It’s good to see that the newspaper has found a renewed interest in the standard of proof it abandoned entirely when it broke the story of similar allegations of sexual misconduct leveled last year against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Recall that it was the Post that first got Christine Blasey Ford to go on the record with her allegations,” the Washington Examiner’s Becket Adams wrote.

Adams argued that “it’s hard to see the Post’s decision to spike her story as anything but politically biased considering how the paper gorged itself on nearly every flimsy and fantastic allegation hurled in Kavanaugh’s direction, no matter how ridiculous, again with no evidence to back any of it up.”

National Review’s David French also weighed in on the comparisons, noting that it is yet “far too premature” to decide on the resignation of Fairfaix and whether he is guilty of the sexual assault claims.

“It’s not too premature to wonder, however, whether ‘believe women’ or ‘believe survivors’ will apply with equal ferocity to more credible claims against a promising young Democrat,” he wrote.

Twitter users reacted to the news of Ford’s legal team being hired and what it could mean for Democrats trying to put out the multiple fires in the days ahead.

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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