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2007 Washington Post Article on Shaun Kenney Tipping Left Wing Blogger on Secret Indictment of Jill Vogel’s Primary Opponent Mark Tate

Santayana wrote (in The Life of Reason, 1905) Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Some of us remember the past better than others.

Yesterday I wrote an article about Bearing Drift’s Shaun Kenney and his ridiculous post earlier this month making fun of us “racists” who are deeply concerned about the massive influx of unvettable “refugees” from Syria being relocated in this country. Kenney’s post was specifically about the concern over those resettled in Roanoke, VA. He belittled anyone not of his mind that these people are fine, upstanding Americans in waiting. And if you disagree, you are a racist. (See Bearing Drift’s Shaun Kenney Has Major Islamic Refugee Egg on his Face after Roanoke Beheading Attempt). It seems that Kenney’s response to everything now is “Racist, racist, racist”.

I learned a while back that I cannot trust Shaun Kenny. That is my personal opinion based on what I know about the man. But the thing that set me on the path of never trusting Kenney, aside from the fact that I believe him to be an Establishment Globalist out for himself, was a 2007 article from the Washington Post along with a plethora of links to stories about what I consider shady politics that happened in 2007. And several court documents.

I also had a long conversation with the person I see as the victim, a gentleman by the name of Mark Tate who was running against Jill Vogel in a Republican primary.

According to the Washington Post, the primary was poisoned by Shaun Kenney, then the Communications Director for the Republican Party of Virginia who was working under none other than Ed Gillespie just a few days before the voting.

Here is the story that was published in the Washington Post on June 2, 2007. (Blogger Says He Was Told of Indictments.)

The Washington Post did their due diligence on this story and confirmed that Shaun Kenney had spoken to Liberal Blogger Ben Tribbett using the phone records provided by Tribbett. Just why the RPV Communications Director was talking to a Liberal Blogger and editor of the left wing “Not Larry Sabato” is beyond me. And according to Tribbett, Kenney tipped him off that Mark Tate, Vogel’s opponent, was about to be indicted by a grand jury. Tribbett published the story and the Washington Post was all to happy to pick it up.

When asked about this by the Washington Post, Kenney denied it all:

Kenney denied that he told Tribbett about the impending legal action. The blogger had contacted Kenney about that time to check out rumors that party insiders were pressuring Tate to step out of the race, Kenney said. Kenney said he “stonewalled” Tribbett, whom he accused of having a personal beef.

“It’s not true,” Kenney said of Tribbett’s recollection. “It’s nothing factual, and he has a history of just not being honest. . . . I’m more than happy to let my reputation stand up to his.”

However, in my conversation with Mark Tate, he told me that when Kenney was asked in a sworn deposition if he had leaked the information, he admitted he had.

And in February 2008, several months later, Ben Tribbett posted this on his Not Larry Sabato blog. (Tribbett took his blog down, but the story still exists on the Internet Archive. Click here to read it on the Way Back Machine.

BOMBSHELLS COME OUT IN MARK TATE TRIAL

NLS IS VINDICATED!!!!

As you may remember last year, I stepped forward when Shaun Kenney, then a Spokesman for the Republican Party of Virginia, told me about a pending indictment of candidate Mark Tate before it happened.  This told me information was circulating that never should have been and that the entire indictment would be called into question because of the political figures knowing about this indictment before it happened.  It certainly felt like the indictment was timed to benefit now-Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel in her campaign.

As you may remember, Kenney then tried to deny everything and this appeared in the WaPo:

“Kenney denied that he told Tribbett about the impending legal action. The blogger had contacted Kenney about that time to check out rumors that party insiders were pressuring Tate to step out of the race, Kenney said. Kenney said he “stonewalled” Tribbett, whom he accused of having a personal beef.

“It’s not true,” Kenney said of Tribbett’s recollection. “It’s nothing factual, and he has a history of just not being honest. . . . I’m more than happy to let my reputation stand up to his”.

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Now, thanks to court documents we learn that Kenney admits the entire timeline, and that he learned his information from Fauquier Republican Chairman Whitson Robinson.  This also seems to solve a lot of mysteries about how this leaked out.  Robinson was a supporter of Vogel’s and the prosecutor who indicted Tate, Loudoun’s Jim Plowman,  was also a supporter of Vogel’s.  What is their tie besides both being Republicans in the district supporting Tate’s opponent?  Robinson’s Fauquier Republican Vice Chairman is James Fisher– is also Plowman’s Chief Deputy in the Loudoun’s prosecutors office!

The taint here is getting closer to Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel as every person involved in leaking this indictment of her opponent was a supporter of hers.  WHEN WILL THE SENATE INVESTIGATE?

Check out the entire story here and especially look at the timeline at the bottom.  Amazing.

And when I did a story on this a couple of years ago, I sent an email to Kenney for comment and he did not respond. But sworn court documents are proof enough.

But interestingly, the court documents that Tribbett is referring to here are available at the Way Back Machine copy of an NV Daily story written by Garren Shipley, who would later hold the job of RPV Communications director held by Kenney at the time. Small world, huh? (Commonwealth v. Tate: Supporting Documents).

 

Here are some excerpts from the WaPo story, but I urge people to read the entire story and the links below from other reports at the time.

A Northern Virginia political blogger said yesterday that he was tipped off weeks ago by a Republican Party insider that a Loudoun County grand jury — whose activities are supposed to be secret — was about to indict a state Senate candidate on charges of campaign finance violations.

Ben Tribbett, the main voice behind the Not Larry Sabato political blog, said in an interview that Shaun Kenney, spokesman for the Virginia Republican Party, volunteered the information about GOP hopeful Mark D. Tate during a phone call that Tribbett made about an unrelated subject. Tribbett produced a copy of a phone bill verifying the call.

“[Kenney] said, ‘By the way, did you know Mark Tate was going to be indicted?’ And he gave me the date,” said Tribbett, a Democratic activist whose freewheeling blog style has upset many politicians in both parties.

On May 21, three weeks before the June 12 primary, the grand jury indicted Tate on two counts of election fraud and nine counts of perjury in a case that has deepened fissures in the party and raised questions about whether it can maintain its majority in the state Senate.

Kenney denied that he told Tribbett about the impending legal action. The blogger had contacted Kenney about that time to check out rumors that party insiders were pressuring Tate to step out of the race, Kenney said. Kenney said he “stonewalled” Tribbett, whom he accused of having a personal beef.

“It’s not true,” Kenney said of Tribbett’s recollection. “It’s nothing factual, and he has a history of just not being honest. . . . I’m more than happy to let my reputation stand up to his.”

Tate and his opponent, Jill Holtzman Vogel, will face off in the primary to replace retiring Sen. H. Russell Potts Jr. (R-Winchester), who represents a wide swath of rural Northern Virginia that includes parts of Loudoun and Fauquier counties. The winner will take on Democrat Karen Schultz in the Nov. 6 general election.

The allegations add another layer of intrigue to the case because of its timing and because Holtzman Vogel supporters were instrumental in pushing through the indictments. It was a volunteer for her campaign who first took the case to Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney James E. Plowman. Plowman is a Holtzman Vogel supporter. Holtzman Vogel was named chief counsel of the Republican National Committee in 2004, when the party chairman was Ed Gillespie. Gillespie now heads the Virginia GOP, and Kenney works for him.

In April, Plowman asked for a special prosecutor to be appointed in the case because of his conflict of interest.

Tate and others have also questioned why party insiders — including Gillespie — seemed to have prior knowledge of the investigation. More than three weeks before the grand jury was to decide, Gillespie called Tate and asked him to consider dropping out, Tate said.

“He talked to me about rumors he had heard and what’s best for the party,” Tate said.

Kenney, speaking for Gillespie, confirmed that Gillespie called Tate to discuss the campaign about that time but said that it was a private conversation and declined to confirm Tate’s account.

A day later, the Virginia Conservative Action political action committee, which has endorsed Holtzman Vogel, reported on its blog that Tate is “under intense criminal investigation for serious campaign finance fraud.”

So go ahead and call me a racist Shaun Kenney. Coming from you, with your reputation, it has no meaning at all. When you said of Ben Tribbett “I’m more than happy to let my reputation stand up to his,” well, there is just more egg on your face I guess.

And it is high time that these dirty tricksters and political hacks stop this crap.

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About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

2 Responses to “2007 Washington Post Article on Shaun Kenney Tipping Left Wing Blogger on Secret Indictment of Jill Vogel’s Primary Opponent Mark Tate”

  1. Friends of Mark Tate says:

    Thank you for the walk down memory lane Mr. White. Middleburg voters won’t be voting for Jill Vogel or Ed Gillespie. Interesting Jamie Radtke is now working again nine years later for her good friend Jill Vogel for LG.

  2. Faquier Tea Party says:

    Now we have a better understanding of why Shaun Kenney supports the vote in favor of Conventions over Primaries in Saturday’s critical SCC vote in Richmond.

    He’s no conservative as he claims.

    K6 Consulting? RINO Consultant.

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