Justin Fairfax vying for the Democratic nomination for attorney general.
Justin Fairfax, 34 set aside his career as a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia to run for the Democratic nomination for Virginia’s Attorney General. A Democrat has not won the attorney general slot in 24 years.
The charismatic Fairfax attorney visited Roanoke Friday and addressed the Roanoke Valley Democratic Women.
He was a federal prosecutor in the major crimes and narcotics unit and was deputy of the human trafficking taskforce for Northern Virginia. As a federal prosecutor he said he dealt with many state issues and worked with state authorities. He has garnered the endorsement of The Washington Post which stated he “combines an agile and impressive command of the issues with a prosecutor’s passion for justice.”
His vision is to give every child in Virginia the same chance he has had to succeed in life no matter their circumstances. “I want them to be confident and only limited by their own dreams.”
Fairfax wants to reverse the repressive voter ID laws passed by the Republican controlled General Assembly. “It’s shameful,” he said. “We’re going to do an aggressive constitutional review of that voter ID law.”
He’ll also fight for women to control what happens to their own body and make their own health care decisions. “Men better be in that fight too … they do so much to make our family strong, No legislators in Richmond should be telling our women what to do with their own bodies,” said Fairfax.
A woman’s right to choose and make her own healthcare decisions is a fundamental right and shouldn’t be brought up in every single General Assembly session he said. The TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law is not only morally wrong but it is legally wrong said Fairfax. “We have grandfathered every other facility in the history of Virginia with new building codes and regulations up until it came to these clinics – that’s how you know it was political.”
Fairfax said he would fight for marriage equality and equal pay for equal work. He said he wants to make sure his daughter’s future is not limited in comparison to his son’s just because of her gender. “We’ve got to start to play offense with these issues.”
Protecting home owners from foreclosures will be a part of his agenda as attorney general. Other states have attorney generals who fight back against the banks he said.
He would also clean up the private student lending market. “There are a number of them who are unscrupulous,” said Fairfax. Credit pricing lacks transparency and is discriminatory.
Later sitting down with Mr. Fairfax I asked him what he could do as attorney general to move the Medicaid expansion forward considering the reforms that the General Assembly has tied to it. “For those that say we can’t afford Medicaid expansion – we can’t afford not to,” he said.
Besides covering more Virginians with health insurance it is smart to do economically he said. It will create jobs and economic activity. “In my view we should have not even had the preconditions.” He feels he can navigate the “legal hurdles” imposed by the General Assembly.
He will be a lawyer first he said. “What we’ve seen with Ken Cuccinelli, people on all sides of the spectrum don’t trust his legal judgment and they don’t always believe he is telling truth on what the law does say as opposed to his own political opinion.”
In comparison to Senator Mark Herring he said the attorney general is not the 41st Senator or the 101st Delegate. “The attorney general is a very separate and distinct office.” As a former federal prosecutor it is an advantage.
Fairfax said he doesn’t think that the Photo Voter ID law will pass constitutional muster. If we find that people are actually being denied the right to vote “we will be aggressive in documenting what exactly happens,” he said. “We may even seek an injunction if we find that there is real evidence of potential harm.”
Cuccinelli bullied the Board of Health forcing them to retract the rule grandfathering existing clinics he said. He would do an aggressive review of the constitutionality of the regulations and if it results in the shuttering all the clinics then the U.S. Supreme court decision of Rove vs. Wade is undermined. Other surgical procedures are performed in clinic settings. “We’re treating them differently as a class,” he said.
When asked if he is ready to take on these fights he said, “Without question.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2013, Elections, Politics, State Politics
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