WV delegate claims his Facebook page was hacked following post

August 25, 2018

Ralph Rodighiero, candidate for W.Va. House 24

LOGAN - A post on the Facebook page of a current West Virginia House of Delegates member and candidate raised eyebrows Monday morning.

The post, which was made on the official page of Ralph Rodighiero, read: “Drug zombies! The walking Dead! 3 overdoses this week in Logan. When are they ever going to wake up? NEVER!!!! Sad but true ”

The post was immediately met with both anger and confusion, with many questioning whether the post was actually made by Rodighiero.

One person wrote, “How in the world can someone that’s supposed to be a role model post something like this?”

“It really doesn’t sound like something he’d say, but who knows,” another person replied.

Rodighiero responded quickly by saying he was hacked and to ignore the “stupid” post. A member of the Health Committee in the House of Delegates, Rodighiero says he has the most compassion for those dealing with drug addiction.

“I’ve lost two or three family members and some friends to drug overdoses,” said Rodighiero, a Democrat.

“It wasn’t my words - anybody who knows me knows that I have a deep, deep heart for people fighting that battle.”

According to Rodighiero, the post was up about 30 minutes before he found out about it. Rodighiero claims his Facebook page was hacked two weeks ago as well.

Rodighiero currently holds a seat in District 24 of the West Virginia House of Delegates and is a candidate for re-election in November.

He is challenged by Democrat Tim Tomblin and Republicans Aaron Stone and Jordan Bridges.

Two seats are open, the other of which is occupied by Republican Rupert Phillips Jr., who lost in the primary for the U.S. House of Representatives 3rd District seat.

Dylan Vidovich is a news reporter for HD Media. Contact him by phone at 304-896-5196 or follow him on Twitter @DVidovichLB.

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