If you’re like me, when you hear the word “Ethics” you think of moral principles, moral values, right vs. wrong. I wonder what Jill Vogel thinks when she uses the word? I wonder because Jill Vogel is stonewalling an investigation into HER ethical — or unethical — behavior.
According to subpoenaed internet records, the cell phone belonging to Jill Vogel’s husband, Alex, has been linked to an attempted character assassination aimed at political competitor Bryce Reeves. That cell phone apparently was used to disburse a marital infidelity rumor about Reeves, which he vehemently denies.
Reeves, a former Army Ranger and narcotics detective, knows how to investigate. Vogel, a political operative, knows how to obfuscate. And that is what she seems to be doing ever since the cell phone records identified Alex Vogel’s cell phone as the originator of the Reeves rumors.
Like countless citizens who long for trustworthy, honest, and ethical political representatives, I have been deeply troubled by the cell phone cloud that hangs over the Vogel-Reeves contest. And so, when I spoke with Jill Vogel following a recent public forum featuring the Lt. Governor candidates, I asked her about the cell phone controversy.
Acknowledging that Vogel consistently highlights her reputation as an “Ethics attorney,” I asked if she would submit her husband’s cell phone to an independent forensics investigator — which Bryce Reeves has offered to fund — so that the speculation about the email rumor could be settled once and for all.
Vogel became visibly agitated at my question. She declared that she and her husband had looked at all the records, and there was “nothing there.” Nothing there? What about the subpoenaed records which traced the email rumor back to her husband’s cell phone, I asked. Her response: “You’ll just have to trust me.”
No, Mrs. Vogel. “You’ll just have to trust me” is not the response of a person confident of her innocence. Someone confident of her innocence would say, “Take the cell phone. Submit it to an independent forensics investigator. Let’s find out who started this malicious rumor. After all, I am an Ethics attorney!”