Virginia Republicans disappointed in the election results that put a Democrat in office as governor may now belatedly get their way thanks to the scandals of Governor Ralph Northam, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, and Attorney General Mark Herring. Amid calls for Northam’s resignation in the wake of a blackface yearbook photo, Fairfax having forced himself on an unwilling woman, and Herring’s alleged cover-up cronyism, Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates Kirk Cox is the next person in line of succession for governorship if Northam does in fact resign. The Left is in a serious pickle choosing between principle and party politics.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
The top Democrats of the Virginia executive branch, Gov. Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, and now Attorney General Mark Herring are all enveloped by scandals. So while there are plenty of games the Democrats could play, it’s increasingly feasible that the third-in-line to the governor’s mansion may have to take over the responsibilities of that office.
And that person is none other than the Republican speaker of the House of Delegates, Kirk Cox. A 61-year-old conservative who has served as an elected House of Delegates representative for the last 29 years, Cox isn’t exactly a progressive committed to the new Democratic agenda. That puts Democrats in a very difficult position. They now may have to decide what matters more: retention of executive power or conformity with the party’s identity politics agenda. And if it’s the latter, it seems clear that Cox must take power. After all, Article 5, Section 16 of the Virginia state constitution explains that