Corey Stewart fires aide who helped bring far-right ideas to campaign: report

Corey Stewart fires aide who helped bring far-right ideas to campaign: report
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Virginia Senate candidate Corey Stewart (R) fired a top campaign aide who helped bring far-right ideas to Stewart's campaign.

Stewart confirmed to the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Noel Fritsch is "no longer with the campaign as of Aug. 31," the Times-Dispatch reported. Stewart did not tell the newspaper why Fritsch had been let go.


Fritsch previously shared several conspiracy theories and racist sentiments on social media, according to CNN. He promoted a conspiracy theory that Democrats were responsible for the death of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, shared anti-Muslim sentiments and criticized NPR for discussing LGBT people, CNN reported. 

Fritsch also previously worked for Paul Nehlen, an anti-Semitic candidate in Wisconsin who ran against Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump Unscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden MORE (R), and Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreRepublican state official faces pushback for comments on Sinema's attire Hillicon Valley: Dem blasts groups behind Senate campaign disinformation effort | FCC chief declines to give briefing on location-data sales | Ocasio-Cortez tops lawmakers on social media | Trump officials to ease drone rules Domestic influence campaigns borrow from Russia’s playbook MORE, the former GOP Senate candidate in Alabama accused of pursuing relationships with women when they were teenagers. 

Stewart is running against Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Kaine asks Shanahan if military families would be hurt by moving .6B for border wall MORE (D) in the general election for the Virginia Senate seat. 

Stewart has been accused of white supremacy and promoting racist views because of alleged ties to white nationalists. He has previously defended Confederate monuments in Virginia.

He previously called Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed (D) an "ISIS commie" in a since-deleted tweet and said NFL players who kneel for the national anthem are "thugs"