Vogel and Reeves
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”