The Washington Times - September 19, 2008, 05:16PM

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gilmore has suspended his communications director for sending a “misleading e-mail” to the campaign of his Virginia competitor, Mark Warner.

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In a statement issued by the Gilmore campaign today, communications director Ana Gamonal said she sent an e-mail from her home account using another name and asking to be added to the Warner campaign’s press list.

Mrs. Gamonal, who has been suspended from the campaign for two weeks without pay, apologized to Mr. Gilmore and Mr. Warner “for my inappropriate e-mail,” which she said was sent without her campaign’s knowledge.

“Gov. Gilmore believes the people of Virginia are entitled to full transparence and he will not tolerate any activity by his campaign or by those who work for him that is contrary to that belief,” the Gilmore campaign said in a statement.

Mr. Gilmore and Mr. Warner, both former Virginia governors, are competing to replace retiring Sen. John W. Warner.

Warner spokesman Kevin Hall said his candidate “accepts Ana Gamonal’s apology and we look forward to seeing her back out on the campaign trail.”

— Gary Emerling reporter, The Washington Times