connection to the probe remains unclear.But news of his
possible involvement further darkened the mood of Republican officials.
...Griffith suspended ties with press secretary Jeff Ryer late Thursday after learning that Ryer had information that could make him a witness in the inquiry.
Griffith said his decision to notify Kilgore "was based on a conversation I had with Jeff
"And I told Jeff
that, until this matter is cleared up and is finally behind us, we wouldn't have a working relationship," Griffith said.
...Ryer, of Williamsburg, is a part-time aide who works as Griffith's press secretary and as a spokesman for the House Republican Caucus while the General Assembly is in session.Ryer
declined to comment Friday and referred questions to his lawyer, William "Buddy" Parcell of Richmond.
Parcell said Griffith was simply being cautious by notifying authorities that Ryer
might have information related to the case.
...Ryer, 40, is a highly regarded GOP consultant who began working for Griffith when Republicans took control of the House in 2000.
...Ryer is a candidate to replace former state party executive director Ed Matricardi, who resigned this month after his indictment on four felony charges of violating wiretapping laws.