August 5, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A former assistant attorney general claims in a lawsuit that she was improperly fired after being accused of posting derogatory comments about Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on a newspaper's website.
Samantha Vanterpool filed the complaint against Cuccinelli and his former chief deputy, Charles James Jr., in U.S. District Court on Friday.
Vanterpool claims she was fired after comments posted in response to a Washington Post article called Cuccinelli an "egomaniac" and said "he is NEVER in the AG's office." The comment was posted by someone using the handle "bz_bzsammy." Vanterpool says a staffer in the office erroneously concluded the handle was connected to her.
She claims the firing was retaliation in violation of her First Amendment rights.
Cuccinelli's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.