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Former Assistant Virginia Attorney General Sues Cuccinelli Over Firing

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In Virginia, 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.

Vanterpool claims she was fired after online comments posted in response to a Washington Post article called Cuccinelli an "egomaniac" and said "he is NEVER in the AG's office."

The full comment, posted by user "bzbzsammy," read: "Let the egomaniac take the BS out of state. While Bolling is helping the GOP, Cuccinelli is promoting Cuccinelli. For example, he is NEVER in the AG's office and solely uses the position for self promotion. He has issue a policy that NO AG employee can talk to the media about anything at anytime."

Vanterpool says a staffer in the office erroneously concluded the online username was connected to her, and claims the firing was retaliation in violation of her First Amendment rights.

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