Major story about to break about RPV's involvement in the charges against Mark Tate...
I want to say one thing in advance. Under normal circumstances I always protect my sources. However I will not sit by while someone is charged with felonies and not reveal information that is critical to their defense. In this case that outweighs my source and their confidentiality.
UPDATE: Story is up. More to come soon.
UPDATE #2- Here is the timeline of what happened with Tate:
Feb. 5th- Vogel Supporter writes letter to SBE complaining about Tate's filings
Feb. 23th- SBE responds with a letter saying all complaints need to be sent to local prosecutor
March- Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman subpoenas Tate's bank records. Plowman then hands the investigation over to Matt Britton a "Independent" prosecutor. However, Plowman and Britton were well known friends when they practiced in Fairfax County at the same time.
Early April- Jill Holtzman Vogel is heard telling people that "Tate doesn't have the money in the bank that his report says it does". This is before anyone knows Tate is under investigation- yet his bank records had already been taken by Plowman. Did Plowman leak one candidate's financial report that he obtained during a criminal investigation to their opponent????
Late April- Supporters of Vogel attempt to leak to reporters that Tate is under investigation and give May 22nd as the date that Tate will be indicted. It appears they all assumed this wasn't true because how would Vogel supporters know an indictment was coming- and no stories were written.
May 1st- Having failed to get local media interested, VCAP Posts on its blog (under the "Jill Vogel" category) that Mark Tate is under "intense criminal investigation".
May 2nd- Shaun Kenney (RPV Communications Director) leaks to me that Ed Gillespie, Ken Cuccinelli, and Mike Farris all have asked Mark Tate to drop out if his indicted. He also gives me the date of May 22nd when Tate will be indicted. I put the update to this post up (no names crossed out at the time- see below for why).
May 2nd (2 hours later)- Mark Tate calls me and confirms that Ed Gillespie (RPV Chairman) has called him and asked him to drop out if he is indicted, but he knows nothing of any potential indictment other than what he has read on the internet. Tate also tells me that Ken Cuccinelli and Mike Farris did not call him.
May 2nd (1 hour later)- I reach my Senator, Ken Cuccinelli, who confirms that he did not call Mark Tate. He said he was "staying out of this primary totally".
May 2nd (Soon After)- Update #2 goes up on this post and Cuccinelli and Farris' names are crossed out on Update #1. I didn't know how to reach Farris, but since Tate told the truth on Gillespie and Cuccinelli, I took his word for Farris as well.
May 2nd, 7:39 p.m.- Shaun, not knowing I had already talked to the Cooch, sent me this email: "A little birdie says that if Ken is asked point blank if he advised Tate to back out, he’ll confirm".
May 2nd (Not Sure what time)- Matt Wells (RPV Political Director) calls Rick Gorka (Tate Campaign Manager) and offers him a "soft landing" if he will leave the Tate campaign.
May 3rd (Office Hours)- I call Shaun Kenney back in response to his email and tell him I already talked to the Cooch and that he made no such call.
May 3rd- A document that RPV claims has nothing to do with Mark Tate is drafted. It is "procedures if a candidate is indicted". Details of that are in Leesburg Today article.
May 21st- Mark Tate receives a call from a friend in the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office telling him to be at the courthouse the next morning.
May 22nd- Mark Tate indicted on eleven felony counts.
Soon After- RPV claims their new policy has nothing to do with Tate and was drafted before he became an issue. However it is in a Microsoft Word Document which shows a "created" time-stamp of May 3rd.
Week of May 23rd-May 29th- I confer with local reporters and tell them what I know and where I know it from in order to allow Mark Tate to defend himself from these anonymous attacks.
May 30th (Afternoon)- Local media contacts Shaun Kenney and he denies speaking to me since the "anti-semitic flyer" and "macaca" last year. He especially denies talking to me on May 2nd.
May 30th (Evening)- I forward emails showing he was lying about that contact.
May 31st- Kenney's story changed when reporter calls him back.
May 31st- Article comes out around 5 p.m. with numerous quotes showing differences in Kenney's story between the yesterday and today.
June 2nd- Ed Gillespie led Kangaroo Court scheduled to meet and decide what to do about Tate indictment per the policy drafted AFTER he knew Tate was going to be indicted.