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Va Right Editor Tom White Endorses Jill Vogel for Lt. Gov.

I want to start off by saying that I am grateful to State Senator Bryce Reeves for helping me to make up my mind in the Lt. Governor’s race. I was having a hard time choosing between the three candidates. Glenn Davis’ support for expanding Medicaid in Virginia is a non starter as far as supporting him goes. So my choices were down to Reeves and State Senator Jill Vogel.

Last Fall, you may have read about an email that was circulated around the state that made references to rumors that were going around alleging that Reeves had had an affair. Or perhaps more than one. But you probably did not hear about the email until Reeves began bringing it up over and over again a couple months ago. And like most Virginian’s with an interest in politics, I took that rumor with a grain of salt. In fact, I went salt-free on this one. Imagine. A political candidate was being accused of having an affair. Not even being accused, just mentioning that there were rumors going around. Ho hum.

Nobody believes that stuff!

And in my non-legal opinion, the email only mentioned the rumors and made no claim that they were true or that the person writing the email had any knowledge or evidence that it was true. So I don’t see that the email even arose to the level of defamation for a public figure. And the harm an unsubstantiated rumor like that does is dubious to say the least.

This would have been long forgotten by now just like countless unsubstantiated rumors about rumors before it.

But it looks like Reeves does not want this to go away. In fact, Reeves seems intent on keeping this in the news. And I believe his latest subpoenas put him over the “want to clear my name” level and right into the unhealthy obsession stratosphere. He has been very vocal in his obsession and makes sure that the story is covered every time he has his attorney issue a subpoena.

He was very vocal about trying to force Vogel to turn over all of her private computers and devices to prove she did not send the email which was sent from her neighbor’s open WiFi. It was my conclusion that the neighbor’s WiFi was used by mistake by a “hacker” who saw two open WiFi devices (Vogel’s and the neighbor’s) and was not sure which was which. And they picked the wrong one. (Read my observations here.) Why would Vogel use her neighbor’s WiFi to send such an email? That wouldn’t obfuscate anything!

And this should have ended there. But Reeves attorney issued a subpoena for Vogel’s computers and devices according to the WaPo and Reeves said he offered to pay for a forensic analysis. I cannot find an update on this subpoena, but an attorney issued subpoena is subject to a motion to quash in a court. Without a judge validating the need for a subpoena, it is worthless. (I can find no update to this situation.)

But now, Reeves has issued subpoenas to a couple of grassroots activists that support Vogel. This is unbelievable. Reeves is acting like a High School bully and has apparently decided his campaign strategy is now to go after Vogel and her supporters.

Well, count me as a Jill Vogel supporter now. I don’t see Reeves actions as reflecting a stable candidacy worthy of my endorsement or support. We need a candidate that will reflect the values of the Virginia Republican Party and not this vindictive childish behavior Reeves is exhibiting.

This was a story that initially got nowhere. Nobody paid attention to it last Fall and it simply dies and was forgotten. Any harm done to Reeves by this email is 100% his own doing. The story dies early last Fall. This proves to me that Reeves is not the type of person that we need as Lt. Governor in Virginia.

Like Reeves, I too am a Veteran. When I was in the Navy I worked for Admiral Rickover, the “Father of the Nuclear Navy”. In the Navy Nuclear Program, a couple of speeding tickets would disqualify you from even getting into the program. Admiral Rickover called it “demonstrated unreliability”.

Jill Vogel has shown style and grace in this relentless attack. She has clearly demonstrated her leadership and has shown the qualities Virginia needs for a Lt. Governor. Reeves, on the other hand, took a dead story and has resurrected it and fanned the flames and runs around the Commonwealth whining about what “she” did to him.

Senator Reeves, you did this to yourself and I consider you an embarrassment to the Commonwealth. Not leadership material.

So I personally endorse Jill Vogel for Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.


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.

6 Responses to “Va Right Editor Tom White Endorses Jill Vogel for Lt. Gov.”

  1. robert shannon

    I often ponder if these ” fake news ” stories are indeed generated to drive the focus away from discussing the real issues facing Virginia and or the candidates own records. PR manipulation is today a genuine part of political strategies often designed to ” fake out the dog”, make him think you actually threw the stick.

    I would like to see if the MTP or another Hanover organization could arrange a ” Meet the Candidate” event so as to drill down into the positions of the various candidates. Having some experience in doing this I would even offer to write the questions myself or moderate. Tom would be another excellent choice to either serve in this role or assist if his schedule permitted.

    Otherwise you get audience questions such as ” who was you’re favorite President”….or ” what is your favorite color”

    You only have these candidates in front of you for 60-90 minutes and it is a ill conceived event if questions from the audience are permitted…total waste of time. Put them on the ” hot seat” and drill down into answers, specific answers on policy positions. Sunday Hunting isn’t a serious question, what Vogel or any candidates public position on Medicaid Reform is, Do they support Referendum Reform, what specific changes would they make to the State Income tax code, how would they arrest the run away problem with VRS, and Public Sector compensation which is going to bury us if it’s not addressed.

    This would make for a much more interesting evening than knowing if Mrs. Vogel likes deep dish or Pan ?

    Bob Shannon

  2. D. Anderson says:

    The Hanover County Republican Committee already hosted that candidates’ forum. It was very well attended.

    These candidates are not running for the Tea Party nomination in June. They are running for the nomination of the Republican Party.

  3. Mies Rohe says:

    Alex Vogel’s cellphone verified the gmail account in question. Draw your own conclusions.

  4. Ron Melancon says:

    and I will oppose her because she advocates deaths on Virginia roads by never inspected FARM USE trailers…and homemade trailers and defective trailers. go to dangerous

  5. mr green jeans

    Tom which JV are we voting for? Confused?
    The third week of the 2016 General Assembly session winds down today, with some major disappointments and a few key victories.
    Today, the state Senate, with several Republicans in support, unfortunately passed two bills (vote count for SB 12 and vote count for SB 67) that elevate sexual orientation/gender identity (SOGI) to a protected class, despite no evidence that widespread discrimination is taking place and despite the fact that such legislation weaponizesgovernment to discriminate against people who have an opinion about marriage that is contrary to the government.
    SB 12 (D-Ebbin, D-McEachin) adds “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of “protected classes” within state hiring practices. SB 67 (D-Wexton) adds these same categories to our housing laws.
    We have seen case after case around the nation where so-called “anti-discrimination” policies such as this are used to do exactly that, discriminate, but against people with deeply held beliefs about marriage. Case in point: Atlanta, Georgia fire chief Kevin Cochrane who was fired – not for “discriminatory” action – but for writing his personal, morally based opinion about human sexuality in a book.
    In addition, proponents have offered no proof that discrimination is taking place. In state government, according to the Virginia Department of Resource Management, there have been no cases of proven discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity since 2010.
    The six Republicans who joined all nineteen Democrats to pass the bills were Senators Bill DeSteph (R-8, Virginia Beach), Glen Sturtevant(R-10, Midlothian), Siobhan Dunnavant (R-12, Glen Allen), David Suetterlein (R-19, Roanoke), Jill Vogel (r-27, Winchester)and Tommy Norment (R-3, Williamsburg).


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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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