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Virginia Right! Endorses Shak Hill for US Senate! 2007 Scandal Renders Ed Gillespie Unelectable

maxresdefaultVirginia Right! endorses Shak Hill to replace Liberal Democrat Mark Warner in the US Senate.

Shak is an Air Force Veteran so he knows how to fight and he has a Master’s degree in finance so he knows how to control money. And Shak Hill is the only Conservative running in this race.

And just to be clear, Shak Hill has Virginia Right’s endorsement based on his own merit. But what made this a really easy decision was a 2007 scandal that involved Hill’s primary opponent Ed Gillespie. What we look for in a candidate is someone who is interested in being elected to represent the voters, not someone interested in amassing power.

And for those that do not remember the 2007 scandal, I will recap the events.

But let me point out, this is all water under the bridge. Exactly what involvement several of the parties had is only relevant in that it shows the character of the individuals involved. And Gillespie’s involvement boils down to whom you believe in a private conversation between Gillespie and then Virginia Senate candidate Mark Tate.

I will simply lay out the facts in brief of the scandal and let you decide if you care to read the accounts in the links below, which include court documents.

What I believe happened, based on the facts, court documents and news accounts and a conversation with Mark Tate yesterday evening is that in the Senate primary race between Mark Tate and Jill Vogel was tight. Tate said his internal polling indicated a dead heat. Tate received several calls from prominent Republicans urging him to drop out of the race. Tate said he had not yet begun sending out mailers while Vogel had sent several and the race was still a tie. Tate told me he believed that he could win the primary.

And that’s when the “fun” begins.

According to liberal blogger Ben Tribbett, The Republican Party of Virginia’s Communications Director Shaun Kenney, presently the Executive Director of the RPV, called Tribbett and “let it slip” that Mark Tate was about to be indicted. A clip from the Washington Post shows:

“[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.

How was that for timing? 3 weeks before the primary? I don’t believe in coincidences.

Kenney initially denied tipping off Tribbett, but in what Tate said may have been Kenney’s conscience taking over, he later admitted that he had tipped off Tribbett. Which cams after Tate’s lawyer told Kenney he planned to issue a subpoena to Kenney. Read this account:

Tribbett also said that Ed Gillespie, who was the head of the RPV at the time, and Kenney’s boss, knew about the indictment.

Blogger Ben Tribbett tells the Washington Post that he was told about indictments against candidate Mark D. Tate before they were released. In a timeline on his blog, he implies Gillespie, who supports Tate’s opponent, also knew of the indictments in advance.

And there were allegations that Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney James E. Plowman, a Vogel supporter claimed he received information from the State Board of Elections that something was amis with the Tate campaign finances, so he obtained a subpoena for Tate’s records.

The Washington Post reported:

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.

And it gets worse and worse.

And according to Mark Tate in our conversation last night, Ed Gillespie called Tate and told him that if he drops out of the race, all this can just go away.

Of course that is Tate’s word against Gillespie, but the allegations are very troubling.

Well, with all the negative publicity, Vogel won the primary and Mark Tate was left with a mess.

He spent a lot of time and money trying to clear his name. His attorney issued subpoena’s to the prosecutor Plowman and almost everyone else involved. The head of the State Board of Elections was a witness for Tate and planned to testify that he did not raise concerns that led to the initial record subpoena and the indictment. And the judge granted the subpoenas for testimony requested by Tate’s attorney which was somewhat unusual, but caused the prosecutor to offer a plea deal.

Tate wanted to clear his name completely, but financially, the cost was going to be high. And he faced years in jail if convicted.

The offer he received dropped all of the charges except for filing a financial form late, something Tate had already paid a fine for and, was, late. So he was convicted of a misdemeanor for a late filing.

Tate said he is pretty sure he is the only person in Virginia to actually have a conviction for filing an election form late. Usually, you pay a fine and that is that.

So when the Vogel supporters who started this thing, including Kenney who tipped Tribbett received subpoenas, the charges were dropped.

Ed Gillespie was by then working for George W. Bush and would have likely taken Executive Privilege and avoided testimony.

Whatever happened, Tate was exonerated as far as I am concerned, and I have no doubt that the Gillespie machine that wanted Vogel elected played a part in a dirty and underhanded affair in their quest for power. And I want no parts of anyone like that.

And the fact that Ben Tribbett was involved, and the Washington Post, means that should Ed Gillespie prevail at the Convention, this will be the Macaca story of the 2014 election campaign.

And no matter who actually did what, Ed Gillespie will be toast.

And despite spending millions of dollars, Mark Warner will remain Virginia’s senior US Senator.

Ed Gillespie is simply an unelectable political insider.

There is a lot more to this story. And if you want to know all the details, here are the links. And when you are done reading this, if you can still consider voting for Ed Gillespie after what this “gang” did to Mark Tate, you are part of the problem.

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.

21 Responses to “Virginia Right! Endorses Shak Hill for US Senate! 2007 Scandal Renders Ed Gillespie Unelectable”

  1. Alexis Rose Bank says:

    This is why we can’t have nice things

  2. James Cohen says:

    If you get abnormal vision or an erection that won’t go away, stop taking Viagra and start reading this boner buster. Tom you write good stuff but this article is flaccid.

    • Catherine Crabill says:

      With intelligent ‘come backs’ like that, I’m sure Eddie is glad you’re on his team!

      • Catherine, this is the one problem with the establishment republican crowd. They just aren’t cool. Which is why they can’t get the youth vote. The Democrats have always been more witty in their vicious attack lines than the Republicans. Kids are watching Bill Mahar and John Stewart. They know a good line when they hear one, they just haven’t heard them coming from the Republican Party.

        You want good lines you got to pull up tapes of Ronald Reagan or watch video’s of Sarah Palin.

    • Steve Waters says:

      What happened to you Cohen. This isn’t flaccid but the truth. I remember this like it was yesterday and you should be on the side of the good guys and conservatives here, not a washington DC insider in gillespie.

  3. Catherine Crabill says:

    This is the only reason I would drive 8-9 hours round trip in one day, to vote for Shak Hill and AGAINST the TYPICAL, EVIL, CONNIVING, CORRUPT, SELF SERVING, ESTABLISHMENT POLITICAL PANDERING PUKE.

  4. James Cohen says:

    Tribbett spun that lie because Shaun denied him access to ballot counting at one point. It\’s sour grapes from Tribbett, anyone trusting NLS for a story about Not A Democrat needs to have their head examined.

    • Tom White says:

      I spoke to Mark Tate on Saturday. Shaun admitted that he had tipped Ben off about the indictment and started “singing like a bird” when he was told he would be subpoenaed to testify about his part. Ben was also planning to testify under oath to the fact. I confirmed this account from not only Tribbett, but Mark himself. And his lawyer talked to Shaun and will say the same thing. It is hearsay, but there are at least 2 people that would testify Shaun said this or admitted he said it. I did my due diligence on this and stand by my findings.

      The whole point of bringing this up is to give people all the information I know about Gillespie. And if you look at what is going on, including Vogel’s involvement and Shaun’s new job, they are putting the band back together from 2007.

      Nothing was proven in court because after the judge decided to allow testimony from most of those involved, they scattered and suddenly the charges were dropped.

      This is old news and I clearly stated that. You also need to read the information in all the links. Because if Gillespie wins, the left will be hammering the crap out of Gillespie on this. Mark my words.

      Gillespie will face a barrage of ads with these allegations by the Democrats who will be be desperate to hold on to every possible seat. And a number of Senate seats become obvious losses for Dems, they will cut the money and shift it the seats they can save.

      If Warner faces Gillespie, they will destroy Gillespie as a dirty politician and Warner will win.

      Shak is the only Republican that stands a chance in this race.
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      • Steve Waters says:

        Democrats know this story already and are prepared to use it if Gillespie wins. Furthermore, they have Gillespie supporting the individual mandate and being bad on Right to Work. What is Gillespie going to run on if he wins the nomination. It will be worse than Romney/Obama.

  5. Link Hawk says:

    Cohen- Don’t know you, but do know that you don’t know what you’re talking about here. Sure on other subjects you know your stuff. But on this one, I’m sorry, you are wrong.

    Why don’t you go to the Northern Virginia Daily website and read ALL the articles written by then reporter Garren Shipley. That name sound familiar to you? That’s the same Garren Shipley who is now RPV’s Communications Director. He did an excellent job reporting on this story back in ’07- and *spoiler alert* he wasn’t on your buddy Gillespie’s side of this argument- because the FACTs of this case aren’t on Gillespie’s side. So was RPV’s Comm Director just “spinning the lie” back then like Tribbett too? Matter of fact, Shipley was one of the first to connect all the dots up, up, and further up the chain to Gillespie. If I’m the WaPo- Shipley would be the first, and maybe only, call I’d have to make to get the full story. Everyone at RPV in 2007 knew weeks in advance these indictments were coming, even the lowest people on the RPV payroll knew, even the newest of the new hires at RPV during that time knew about it, and spoke about it, well before they should have. This was a classic top-down hatchet job, unfortunately and bafflingly directed by EG. And while it was a great plan, the ONLY problem with that plan was that it had to be executed by a bunch of amateurs. Shipley exposes that. Tribbett exposes that. So if you are going to discount Tribbett, then you better lump RPV’s Comm Dir Shipley in there too.

    And now Kenney is ED at RPV- with Shipley as Comm Dir? That makes for an awesome lunch conversation there at the Obenshain Center I bet.

    Further- if you don’t think Kenney hasn’t spoke, even bragged, about this over the past 7-8 years- well, then you obviously don’t know the type of person Kenney is. He can’t help himself not to brag when it comes to getting away with underhanded efforts like this that he’s gotten away with.

    And to the point of the original post, darn right the WaPo and Mark Warner are going to re-open this can of worms. With the state of the Republican Party OF Virginia and IN Virginia, this will add plenty of fuel to the fire, burning both the Gillespie Campaign and the Obenshain Center to the ground. For the ‘burn it all to the ground’ wing of the GOP- well, you may once and for all finally get your wish.

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