In a session marred by national newsworthy scandals, Republican leadership in the General Assembly has not wavered in their commitment to providing the people of Virginia the answers they deserve. Unfortunately, Democrats in the House have obstructed Speaker Cox’s attempts to hold a bipartisan hearing for Fairfax’s accusers.
“There should be no mistake about what has happened here: the alleged victims are seeking a bipartisan hearing; Republicans are seeking a bipartisan hearing; Democrats in the House of Delegates are refusing to allow that to happen,” said Speaker Cox.
“Dr. Tyson and Ms. Watson have said that they rightfully do not want their stories turned into partisan fodder and we wholeheartedly agree. Unfortunately, it appears that two survivors of sexual assault will be denied an opportunity to be heard in the bipartisan hearing they are requesting solely because Democrats in the House of Delegates are refusing to participate.
We stand ready to proceed, and hope that our Democratic colleagues reconsider the consequences of their decision.”
From the Richmond Times: “Banks, the attorney for Tyson, said in her statement that sexual assault should not be a partisan issue. ‘The failure of the Virginia legislature to provide all sides the opportunity to be heard sends a devastating message to sexual assault survivors in the commonwealth that their state representatives will silence them in order to gain political advantage.'”
Democrats have quietly swept the Governor and Attorney General’s scandals under the rug, and have appeared with both of them at public political events (photo ops). Will they be able to do the same with Fairfax? The people of Virginia deserve to know if the allegations leveled against their Lieutenant Governor are true, and the only thing standing between them and the truth are House Democrats.
As the 2019 General Assembly election season heats up, consider this from the Roanoke Times –
“The reality is that there’s not really a mechanism, short of a court case, to resolve these allegations — unless [Delegate] Hope wants to bring back his impeachment resolution. The legislature, though, has finished its work for the year. That means this: Every General Assembly candidate this fall ought to be asked what they think should be done.”