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Alleged Extortion Attempt on Tomblin a New Twist in West Virginia Race

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West Virginia Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin speaks during a press conference Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at the Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Tomblin says he will put aside his legislative duties once he take over from Gov. Joe Manchin as West Virginia's chief executive. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)(Jeff Gentner/AP Photo)

"Gov, you need to act on this immediatly (sic) [NOW] get ahold of your mother and kennel owner DEAN MINER AT Wheeling." The complaint also alleges that Rae sent an email to Miner on Sept. 22, indicating that he received "several requests for videos from Maloney's chief of staff." "Nobody from our campaign has ever had any contact with the individuals named in this case," said Maloney spokeswoman Michelle Yi, in a statement Friday. "The men and women of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office are to be commended for their swift action against this extortion plot involving the Governor and for bringing this individual to justice." The complaint also includes an email Rae allegedly forwarded to Miner that was sent to Rae from Carey Theil, executive director of Grey2K USA, a nonprofit group that opposes dog racing. Theil endorsed Maloney last month. "Would you be willing to talk to someone, and educate them about dog racing? The conversation would be completely confidential," an alleged Sept. 20 email from Theil to Rae that is included in the complaint reads. Rae's response email said he was "okay with it." Rae writes to Miner in an alleged email on Sept. 22: "On Theil, I've never before trusted him, but the other party IS offering $100,000. for the videos that pertain to West Vir., plus a consolting (sic) job for 2 years,,, if they win." The Tomblin campaign, which distributed the warrant to reporters on Friday, is calling on Maloney to answer questions about the allegations and release all emails to/from staffers, consultants and advisers to Thiel and Rae. "When the message was left on the governor's website, that threat was handled the way all threats are, to any state office and turned over to the proper authorities," Tomblin told Hotline On Call in an interview in Logan after a rally on Saturday afternoon. "I think they are handling that now and we'll see where it goes. "GREY2K USA had no knowledge whatsoever of Mr. Rae's alleged plot," Theil said in a Friday statement, according to the AP. "We are outraged by Mr. Rae's alleged actions, and if the allegations are true he should be held accountable."

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