West Virginia GOP Chair, Dem Candidate Spat on Social Media

Mar 15, 2018

Sen. Richard Ojeda, D-Logan, speaking on the Senate floor on March 10, 2018.
Credit Will Price / West Virginia Legislative Photography

A Twitter spat has broken out between the West Virginia Republican Party chairwoman and a Democratic candidate for Congress that ended up with her questioning him for collecting a military pension.

The disagreement started Wednesday night when Melody Potter criticized U.S. House 3rd District candidate Richard Ojeda (oh-JED'-ah) for engaging with "liberal buddy" Michael Moore. Potter called the meeting with the filmmaker "a slap in the face to every hardworking West Virginian."

After Ojeda responded that Potter believes a "weak kneed" Republican is going to defeat him, Potter replied, "at least I do not get money from the government ole' Richard."

Ojeda says the attack represents "new lows coming from a scared leadership."

The West Virginia Democratic Party says the state GOP is "out of touch with our veterans."