“It’s a nightmare right now,” — Representative A. Donald McEachin, a Virginia Democrat

Justin Fairfax Puts Virginia Democrats in Bind on Impeachment


Protesters carried a fake coffin, to symbolize what they called the death of the Democratic Party, toward the Virginia State Capitol on Thursday. Credit Drew Angerer/Getty Images

If Democrats do not oust the lieutenant governor, who faces sexual assault allegations, they could anger female voters.

But they’re left with an excruciating choice: whether to impeach an African-American leader when the state’s other two top officials, both white, are resisting calls to quit after admitting to racist conduct.

…the specter of Mr. Fairfax, 39, being pushed out while two older white men remain in office — despite blackface behavior that evoked some of the country’s most painful racist images — would deeply trouble many African-Americans.

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