Ryan used her personal Twitter account to criticize Hughes. The account identifies her as "communications director for the West Virginia Attorney General's Office." Her account profile also says, "Proud to be a West Virginian by choice. Views expressed are my own."
Hughes said she didn't understand why one of Morrisey's aides would attack her and spread false information.
"I didn't get a 17 percent salary increase," said Hughes, former managing deputy attorney general and spokeswoman for McGraw. "That's absolutely a falsehood. That's not true."
In her series of tweets about Hughes, Ryan also compared Hughes' pay to that of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, whose $150,000 salary is set in state code.
West Virginia Republican operatives quickly re-tweeted Ryan's false statements about Hughes.
Hughes said Morrisey and his supporters should stop spending so much time criticizing McGraw. In recent weeks, Morrisey has alleged that McGraw left the attorney general's office in shambles.
"Those people are obsessed with me and attacking us," said Hughes, who has started a private law practice. "They won the election. Why won't they turn their attention to what they should be doing, and that's providing legal representation for state agencies?"Reach Eric Eyre at erice...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4869.