Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said snowballing criticism surrounding Virginia's top three state officeholders should give the Democratic Party some pause.

Spicer said that Democrats in the Old Dominion appear to be in limbo about whether to demand resignations from the trio because it could lead to a Republican being installed as governor.

Spicer noted two women who accused Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) of sexual misconduct spoke out on their alleged ordeal to to CBS News.

At the same time, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and Democratic State Attorney General Mark Herring are both embroiled in scandals surrounding their involvement in the use of blackface.

The fourth official in the Commonwealth's line of succession is State House of Delegates Speaker Kirkland Cox, a Republican.

"[Fairfax] kind of got lucky," Spicer said, noting that while he is accused of misconduct against women, the two other top men in his party have their own scandals.

"Had [they] not been all of the top of the ticket -- all being Democrats -- there's no question [Fairfax] would've been forced to resign," he said, adding that the state of Democratic leadership in Richmond is "something bigger for the Democratic Party to wrestle with."


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The "Outnumbered" panel discussed how Cox sent a message to Virginia Democrats about holding a hearing with Fairfax' accusers.

Spicer said that in most cases, when a top state official is accused of misconduct, they resign.

"This comes back to whether or not Democrats are going to put being in power ahead of what they think is doing the right thing."

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