Delegate Steve Landes reacts to Virginia government scandals

CROZET, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Delegate Steve Landes, who represents Virginia's 25th District, held a town hall with constituents at Crozet Library on Saturday morning.

People had the chance to tell Landes their views on which issues should take priority in the General Assembly, including topics such as gun control, health care, and education.

An attendee also asked Landes about the power politicians in the Commonwealth have to take action on the scandals that hit the state capitol involving Governor Ralph Northam, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, and Attorney General Mark Herring.

Last week, a racist photo surfaced from Northam's 1984 medical school yearbook showing a person wearing blackface and another person in a KKK robe.

After Northam apologized for the photo, he denied he was part of the photo less than 24 hours later.

This sparked a call to action amongst lawmakers, including Landes, asking Northam to resign.

Sexual assault allegations have also surfaced for Fairfax dating to 2004 and Herring also admitted to wearing blackface in 1980.

Landes said he's disturbed by what's happened with the top three government officials within the week and added that they've lost the trust of people in the Commonwealth.

"I think that the problem with all three is just the trust level that the public doesn't have any longer for them," he said. "It makes it very hard to lead when the folks who put you in office don't trust or have the confidence in your ability to lead."

Landes also said Fairfax could be impeached if he was found guilty of the offenses in court.



 
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