Democrats in Washington are engaged in war over GOP allegations of hypocrisy over the political turbulent situation of their party in Virginia.
The alleged charge come just months after national Democrats, near the height of the “Me Too” movement, demanded Brett Kavanaugh abandon his Supreme Court nomination following allegations he had sexually assaulted a teenage girl when he was in high school.
Republicans are now focusing on how Democrats have stopped short of calling for the resignation of Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who is facing similar allegations surrounding an incident also said to have occurred many years ago.
Many Capitol Hill Democrats are holding their fire and urging Virginia state officials to conduct an investigation.
Fairfax is one of three top Democrats in Virginia fighting to keep their seats amid potentially career-ending scandals. Gov. Ralph Northam is under fire for his association with a racist photograph in his 1984 medical school yearbook; and Attorney General Mark Herring is struggling to contain the backlash from revelations that he donned blackface as an undergraduate college student in 1980.
If Northam were to resign, Fairfax would become the nation’s only black governor.
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) barked at reporters who pressed him about the Fairfax situation.
“I have so many things I’m working on. I’m just not getting into it. You don’t take no for an answer, do you?” he said. “I don’t know her. All I know is what I read in the newspaper.”
Asked about whether he believed Blasey Ford’s allegations were credible, Durbin replied: “I’m not getting into this.”
Some Democrats rejected the notion that they’re applying a double standard to Fairfax.