Virginia Democrat group suspends employee for sharing false news about GOP nominee

The fallout continues over a controversial advertisement targeting Republican Gov. Ed Gillespie in Virginia, where the political watchdog group says its director is on suspension from the group for sharing false news on social…

The fallout continues over a controversial advertisement targeting Republican Gov. Ed Gillespie in Virginia, where the political watchdog group says its director is on suspension from the group for sharing false news on social media.

Center for American Progress Action Fund, or CAPAF, is a nonprofit political advocacy group that helps Democratic candidates run for office. A group spokesperson confirmed the suspension of director Jack Evans, The Hill reported Monday.

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“Jack Evans’ social media activity over the last two years has been irresponsible and lacking in judgment,” CAPAF spokesman Josh Schwerin said. “Conservatives using the internet were warning us about those responsible last year. He should be held accountable.”

Schwerin added that Evans’ sharing of a fake news item about Gillespie was a factor in the suspension.

The email from White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to reporters on Monday afternoon said that Jim Webb, a Democrat, would be running on a ticket with a Democratic lieutenant governor and that Gillespie was re-nominated.

And on Thursday, CAPAF announced that Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., would be the party’s candidate for lieutenant governor.

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“He will take the role as the Virginia Democratic Party’s nominee to run on the ticket with Governor Ralph Northam for lieutenant governor,” CAPAF wrote in a statement.

Spokespeople for CAPAF did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment Monday.

The ad claiming that Gillespie worked with President Trump to “smew” the state’s Democratic Senate candidate was pulled by the super PAC earlier this month.

The Hill first reported Friday that the super PAC, which is based in Washington, DC, would not run the ad. That was after “proof” for the ad’s existence circulated on Twitter by a person purporting to be tied to Gillespie.

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Gillespie, whose campaign will continue to air ads calling Kaine “reliable” Democratic support, defended the attack, saying the ad “made me look like I worked with Trump to hurt a fellow Republican.”

“You have every right to voice your opinion. It’s really disappointing how he did that and I took it personally,” Gillespie told Fox News on Thursday.

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