“This is a moment of reckoning for Virginia,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. “Political principles that cost you something are always a lot harder to maintain.”
“Democrats in Richmond are shell-shocked,” said University of Mary Washington political science professor Stephen Farnsworth. “I expect the calls for the lieutenant governor to resign will intensify as Virginians consider the very damaging report released by the accuser.”
Stephen Farnsworth, a political analyst at the University of Mary Washington, agrees that the latest scandals surrounding Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring might actually be good for Governor Ralph Northam.
“I think the pressure on Northam to leave office is dramatically reduced in the wake of these latest subsequent scandals,” Farnsworth surmised.
At the very least, the scandals may make it more challenging for Democratic candidates to claim the moral high ground compared with Trump, who has repeatedly been accused of racism and sexism over the years, said Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.