In what appears to be an online joke, a Prince William County official with close ties to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli posted on his Facebook page that President Barack Obama will still be blaming former President George W. Bush when "he dies and goes to Hell."
Bob FitzSimmonds, chief deputy clerk of Prince William Circuit Court, made that online comment this week, drawing both agreement and rebuke from Facebook commenters.
FitzSimmonds has previously run for the Virginia Senate and more recently won a leadership post on the Virginia Republican Party's State Central Committee -- he's the GOP treasurer -- with the backing of Cuccinelli, for whom he once worked as a legislative aide.
Reached by e-mail Thursday, FitzSimmonds told The Virginian-Pilot he'd send a comment this evening.
We'll let you know when we hear back from him and if we get a response from Cuccinelli's political staff, which we also contacted for comment.
UPDATE: In an e-mail, FitzSimmonds said "my Facebook post was not about Obama going to Hell. It was about his obsession with blame shifting and I don't really see anything inappropriate about it."
Meanwhile, Cuccinelli spokesman Noah Wall said "Mr. FitzSimmonds does not speak for our campaign, and we don't agree with his assessment."
"Taking to Facebook to muse on the death of the President of the United States and whether or not he will go to hell is well below the standard of conduct Virginians set for their public officials and political leaders," Moran said in a statement.
"Mr. Fitzsimmonds should apologize and his close allies like Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins should condemn his inflammatory remarks immediately," he added. "As leaders in Washington put the elections behind them and try to solve the enormous challenges we face as a country, this type of rhetoric raises serious questions about whether certain factions of the Republican party are capable of putting Virginia families ahead of ugly partisan rancor."
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