West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner alleged Thursday that his predecessor, Natalie Tennant, directed employees to “sabotage” the office’s transition to Warner’s administration. Tennant called Warner’s allegations “ridiculous.” “The only thing worse than a sore loser is a sore winner, and that’s what you have here,” Tennant said. On Thursday afternoon, Warner’s chief deputy issued a news release, claiming Tennant instructed staffers to disrupt the changeover. An hour later, Warner’s deputy, Mike Queen, put out a second news release, asking media outlets to disregard the previous release. The second release included many of the same allegations, but provided more details.
Warner’s office alleged that Tennant staffers tried to throw away stationery, envelopes and other supplies before leaving office. Warner’s new staff recovered the stationery, according to the news release. Warner’s office invited the media to take photos and videos of the stationery.
Warner also accused Tennant of trying to shut down the business registration section of the office’s website.
What’s more, Warner was upset that Tennant’s senior staff deleted their own emails, phone records and website profiles.