Speaking on CNN's "New Day", the California Democrat stressed the importance of believing the alleged victims of sexual assault. "I think that we should not dismiss the allegations of the young lady, but they should be fully investigated. he should be afforded the presumption of innocence", he said.
The far-right Big League Politics site posted a private Facebook message on Sunday purportedly obtained from the accuser with her permission by a friend suggesting that Fairfax had assaulted her during the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.
Asked Thursday whether Ms. Tyson deserved the same recognition, the congresswoman answered, "I do".
A scandal alleging racism and sexual misbehaviour that has engulfed the Democratic party in Virginia enmeshed three of the state's top elected officials yesterday. The fourth in the line of succession, should all three men resign, is the Republican speaker of the House of Delegates, Kirk Cox.
Herring, who like Northam is white, is second in line to succeed the governor as attorney general.
"Democrats have not learned the wrong lessons from Trump, and I'm glad about that".
And yet, no major Democratic presidential candidate - or other party leader - has called for Fairfax's resignation.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, accompanied by his wife Pamela Northam announces he will not resign during a news conference in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. February 2, 2019.
At the same time, the Democrats nationally have taken a hard line against misconduct in their ranks because women and minorities are a vital part of their base and they want to be able to criticize Trump's behavior without looking hypocritical.
Shawn Utsey, chair of the Department of African American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, said the black community feels betrayed by Northam because his talk of equality and inclusion during the 2017 election was seen as a welcome contrast to the racially divisive rhetoric of President Donald Trump.
Herring's admission came after a meeting with the Virginia legislative black caucus, and before any unfortunate photos were dug up.
Democratic Sen. Louise Lucas said several people were crying, including men, as Herring apologized to black lawmakers Wednesday morning before issuing his public statement. Northam, 59, initially said he was one of the two individuals in the photo, then changed his story to say neither figure was him.
"He said he was very sorry", Lucas said. That's because of a freakish win in 2018 in which Cox's election run was so close to his opponent that his name was pulled out of a ceramic bowl designed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.