Richmond mayoral candidate Joe Morrissey is under fire again, but this time it's from the Democratic Party of Virginia.
The DPVA, along with the Richmond City Democratic Committee (RCDC), and Levar Stoney's campaign, are taking legal action after voters recently received an advertisement in the mail implying that the Richmond City Democratic Committee has endorsed Morrissey.
They are filing a complaint against with the Virginia State Board of Elections. They have also sent a cease and desist letter directly to Joe Morrissey’s campaign.
"The Morrissey campaign is engaged in a flagrant and intentionally misleading violation of campaign regulations," said Rebecca Slutzky, executive director of the Democratic Party of Virginia, on Wednesday. "Morrissey does not have the endorsement of the Democratic Party of Virginia or the Richmond City Democratic Committee, and we are requesting that he cease these activities immediately."
The advertisement says "Democratic Party Sample Ballot", and lists Hillary Clinton for president, A. Donald McEachin for 4th District House of Representatives, and finally Morrissey for mayor of Richmond. McEachin was also not happy to be associated with Morrissey.
"No one should infer from this mailer, which has no legal disclaimer whatsoever, that I support Joe Morrissey for mayor. I do not," McEachin said in a response. "I do not want my name on his mailers or sample ballots or hand-outs or anything else. From the lack of any legal disclaimer to the use of my name, this supposed sample ballot is a disingenuous piece."
This comes as Morrissey refutes allegations that he made sexual advances on a client, then pressured her into a plea deal when she refused.
Another candidate for mayor, Jon Baliles, dropped out of the race on Wednesday to try and prevent Morrissey from winning.
The complaint, which was officially filed Thursday, is below:
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