HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A Henrico County Board of Supervisors race is getting ugly. A mailer supporting the Republican candidate used a Facebook post by an account that has been deleted. The Democrats say Facebook deleted it because it's a fake account, made up to help the Republican.
It was sent by the Republican Party of Virginia, not Bob Witte. NBC12 tracked down the woman who allegedly posted this. She said not only does she not have a Facebook page, but she doesn't have a computer!
The real Doreetha Williams didn't want to go on camera with NBC12, but she had no idea why her name was used as a Facebook account. The Facebook account is now deactivated.
"Instantly, the Facebook page looked fake," said Chrystal Doyle, a volunteer with Courtney Lynch's campaign for the Brookland district. "After 2016 and all the junk on Facebook, we can't have deception in our own backyards."
"This is just outlandish, and it truly reminds me of what happened in 2016 how people were manipulating social media and doing deceptive things online. It surprised me," said Lynch.
What's more, the mailer only uses a sentence of her lengthy answer to the issue of the Pulse project. She says that manipulates her stance.
The Republican Party of Virginia sent NBC12 a statement:
NBC12 reached out to Bob Witte but has not yet heard back for comment.
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