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Judge sues former GOP Senate candidate over debate claims

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Posted at 11:22 AM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 11:23:00-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- A judge in Virginia is suing former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Daniel Gade over claims at a debate that the judge was “racist.”

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Tuesday that the suit was filed by Richmond Circuit Court Judge Bradley B. Cavedo.

The suit claims Gade falsely accused the judge of being racist during a debate with Democratic incumbent Mark Warner.

The statements were based on a column Cavedo wrote for a student newspaper in 1977.

The column drew attention this year after Cavedo initially blocked a plan to take down the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond.

Gade's lawyer said he stands by his statements. Gade lost his Senate bid last week.