Del Glenn Davis wants to know who sent text messages to Republican congressional delegates calling him a “gay Democrat,” and he wants to hold the sender responsible for the false allegations, according to a lawsuit he filed.
Davis filed a defamation suit Tuesday in Norfolk Circuit Court against “Jane Doe” in hopes of finding the culprit or culprits.
Davis, R-Virginia Beach, is among six candidates vying for the party’s nomination for lieutenant governor, which will be decided in Saturday’s conference, which is open to GOP delegates in locations around the state.
The lawsuit says Davis believes the text messages were only sent to congressional delegates’ personal cell phones, and access to those numbers would have been limited to one of the GOP state’s overall campaigns for lieutenant governor, attorney general or governor.
The text messages originated from an item whose sender was correctly disclosed under state election law.
Another candidate, former Republican lawmaker Tim Hugo from northern Virginia, sent literature attacking Davis. This literature included a photo of Davis wearing a striped, colorful shirt at a PrideFest event in Hampton Roads to show his support for gay rights. The post gave no comment on gay rights other than the picture.
But then someone anonymously used this image and texted it to GOP convention delegates with the message, “Did you know Glenn Davis is a gay Democrat?” The text asks delegates not to vote for him and asks voters to help him “get out of the closet.”