What is it with notorious lawmakers wanting to run for higher office? A day after Roy Moore announced he's giving his Senate aspirations another go in Alabama despite the sexual assault allegations against him, Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, fielding a similar scandal, revealed he's "seriously considering" running for governor in 2021.
Two women have come forward to accuse Fairfax of sexual assault. Dr. Vanessa Tyson, a professor at Scripps College, claims that Fairfax took advantage of her in a hotel room at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Meredith Watson, who was a student at Duke University with Fairfax, said he raped her in 2000. He has denied all of it.
Most people wouldn't see the silver lining of a situation like this, but according to Fairfax, there's no such thing as bad publicity.
“Many people a year ago would not have recognized me, now they really do,” he told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “People come up to me at gas stations, they say, ‘Hey, we recognize you. We love you. We know what they are saying about you is false?'”