Vo­gel and Reeves

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2017 - Pwil­son@times­dis­patch.com (804) 649-6061 Twit­ter: @patrickmwil­son

Vo­gel on Wed­nes­day tried to cast a pos­i­tive tone on her re­la­tion­ship with Reeves. Both have sons who are Se­nate pages, and shortly af­ter the ses­sion con­vened, she walked to Reeves’ desk, a warm smile across her face, to whis­per with him as a pho­tog­ra­pher cap­tured the scene.

Reeves, in an in­ter­view later Wed­nes­day, said he still wants Vo­gel and her hus­band, Alex, to agree to al­low a third-party foren­sic tech­nol­ogy ex­pert to an­a­lyze the email com­mu­ni­ca­tion that led to the trou­ble be­tween them.

The email, sent this fall to some Reeves sup­port­ers, ac­cused the mar­ried fa­ther of two of hav­ing an af­fair with a cam­paign aide.

Reeves, a for­mer Prince Wil­liam County nar­cotics in­ves­ti­ga­tor, wanted to find out who sent it.

The email came from the name “Martha McDaniel” at the ac­count stafford­for­free­dom@gmail.com.

Not find­ing any­one in Stafford County named “Martha McDaniel,” Reeves filed a defama­tion law­suit against Martha McDaniel, which al­lowed him to sub­poena Google and two other com­pa­nies to find the IP ad­dress for stafford­for­free­dom@gmail.com.

Ac­cord­ing to records ob­tained through court-or­dered sub­poena, the IP ad­dresses go the Vo­gels’ Fauquier County res­i­dence, and their next-door neigh­bor. And a pin to ver­ify the Gmail ad­dress af­ter its cre­ation was sent to the cell­phone of Alex Vo­gel for con­fir­ma­tion, ac­cord­ing to the records, which Reeves pro­vided to re­porters.

Ear­lier this month, Vo­gel is­sued a state­ment say­ing she was hor­ri­fied by the in­ci­dent and that she and her hus­band were not in­volved with the email.

Her cam­paign man­ager is­sued a state­ment that said, in part: “Re­gret­tably, in this day and age, there are many ways a per­son can send an anony­mous email and make it ap­pear to have orig­i­nated from an­other sender.”

And in a state­ment this week to the Richmond Times-Dis­patch, Vo­gel wrote: “I have made clear to Sen­a­tor Reeves that my hus­band and I had noth­ing to do with this email. I am ex­cited about ses­sion and look for­ward to work­ing with Sen­a­tor Reeves and all my col­leagues.”



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