Dirty Tricks in Prince William?
An anonymous flier in the 51st House District attacks Republican candidate Faisal Gill for having "terrorist ties," but his Democratic opponent Paul Nichols denies he sent it.
The flier reads: "Republicans fear terrorist ties to Faisal Gill," and replays allegations launched during the primary campaign that Gill "worked with Abdurahman Alamoudi at the American Muslim Council. Alamoudi is a supporter of Al Qaeda, HAMAS, and Hezbollah terror groups."
Gill, who was a spokesman for the American Muslim Council, said he only saw Alamoudi at three events in passing. Alamoudi was sentenced to jail on terrorism-related money laundering charges.
"It's unfortunate we have to stoop to that level in the final days of the election," Gill said of the fliers which were first seen in the district on Tuesday. He said Nichols is the "logical suspect. He benefits most directly."
Nichols held a press conference Thursday denouncing the flier.
"Those tactics are unacceptable. I'm a little offended that my opponent is right away is pointing the finger at me and my campaign," Nichols said. "I decided to take the high road on this a while ago." Nichols said it seems like an "upset Republican," was behind the flier.
Gill said Nichols is trying to have it both ways. "It's the oldest political trick in the book. If you don't want it to come back to you, this is the way you do it. All I know is someone violated the law," Gill said.
He has requested Prince William County Attorney Paul Ebert to investigate the flier.
-- Kristen Mack
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