Vogel – Reeves Dust Up Shuffles the LG Deck — Fasten your seat belts.
On the surface, GOP Lt. Gov. candidate Del. Glenn Davis (R-Va. Beach) is the short-term political beneficiary of the shady shenanigans by the mere fact he’s not involved and can stay focused on his jobs message.
Before the story broke, State Sen. Jill Vogel (R-Winchester) was the clear front-runner in this race, and its difficult to project where this accusation by State Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Stafford) will lead, especially if he files a civil lawsuit.
But that is problematic because the false email in question did not state a fact, but instead suggested a “rumor was going around” that Reeves was unfaithful to his wife.
This is not the classic definition of defamation under Virginia law.
Vogel’s camp has vehemently denied the allegations of concocting the phony email and her campaign manager questioned why Reeves made the accusations to the Washington Post before coming to their candidate directly.
But Reeves disputed this account and said he gave the Vogels ample notice to work this out before going public.