Gilmore Staff Shake-Up
Gov. Jim Gilmore announced today that he is suspending his communications director, Ana Gamonal, for signing up under a fake name to get press releases from the Mark Warner campaign. Gamonal will not be paid during the two week suspension.
The release, said that Gamonal sent a “misleading” email from her home computer to the Warner campaign asking to be placed on their press advisory list. The Gilmore camp also said her actions were unauthorized.
Gamonal is very familiar to those of us who cover this campaign. She is a ubiquitous figure at political functions and relentlessly pitches stories on behalf of her candidate. Her tenacity, even for two weeks could be a blow to the Gilmore campaign.
There is no word on how Gilmore learned of Gamonal’s actions (ie: a complaint from the Warner campaign).
You can see the entire statement after the jump.
September 19, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
STATEMENT FROM JIM GILMORE FOR SENATE CAMPAIGN
ALEXANDRIA — The Jim Gilmore for Senate Campaign today announced that it had learned that Communications Director Ana Gamonal had sent a misleading email from her home computer to the campaign of Democrat U.S. Senate nominee Mark Warner. The Gilmore Campaign said it had suspended Ms. Gamonal for two weeks without pay for sending the unauthorized email.
“Governor Gilmore believes the people of Virginia are entitled to full transparency 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.
In her statement, Ms. Gamonal said, “Without the knowledge or consent from the Jim Gilmore for Senate Campaign, I sent an email message from my home email account using a name other than my own requesting the Mark Warner for Senate campaign add me to their press list. I apologize for my lack of judgment, and I also apologize to both former Gov. Warner and Gov. Gilmore for my inappropriate email.”