Virginia’s lieutenant governor has denied newly publicized allegations that he sexually assaulted two women years ago and has vowed to continue serving in office.
It’s a scenario that already has played out in several other states, with differing conclusions.
At least six other elected statewide officials have faced allegations of sexual misconduct since 2017. That includes two governors, two attorneys general and two secretaries of state.
Several initially resisted calls to step down before eventually doing so under the pressure of public scrutiny and ongoing investigations. At least one other accused official remains in office.
Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, a Democrat, denies allegations that he sexually assaulted two women on separate occasions years ago.