AN independent TD who has pledged support for David Norris claimed he is the victim of a "nasty" campaign.
Maureen O'Sullivan (left) said the senator should have the opportunity to stand and be judged by the public.
"I hope that they read the whole article and they read all of the letters, that they will see that he was not trying to change the condition for his former partner," Ms O'Sullivan said.
"He was looking at mitigating circumstances regarding the sentence."
Mr Norris needs the support of four councils or 20 TDs or senators.
"He has been targeted in a particularly nasty way, right from the beginning," Ms O'Sullivan said.
"The way in which his words were taken out of context, and the way they were sensationalised in those articles earlier on -- I've no doubt that there's some campaign against him."
Some 15 Oireachtas members had pledged support for his campaign prior to the revelation.
But independent TD John Halligan said he would be consulting with his advisors.
"I think David Norris is a very good man, and I'm disappointed but I'm troubled by what has happened," he said.