Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) reportedly told the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Thursday that he’s “very hopeful about the future” and “thinking very seriously” about running for governor in 2021.
Fairfax also believes the sexual assault allegations he faces from two separate women has boosted his name recognition.
"Many people a year ago would not have recognized me, now they really do,” Fairfax said, according to 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.’”
Coming off of a strong electoral performance in 2018, many Virginia Democrats were hopeful of riding a wave of jubilance to flipping the state chamber in this pivotal battleground state.
This was before a string of embarrassing scandals rocked the Commonwealth as two women accused Fairfax of sexual assault.
At the same time, the governor made national news after admitting to wearing blackface when a yearbook from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school in 1984 surfaced showing a photo that depicted a man in blackface next to a man dressed in full Ku Klux Klan regalia.