What with all of this Frederick County Councilman, Kirby Delauter, nonsense making the news at present – you know, the elected official who threatened to sue Bethany Rodgers, a reporter for the Frederick News Post, for using his name in a story without his prior “authorization,” I thought it might be time to publish something else which I assure you is also done without any candidates or elected officials or Delegate-elects authorization.
But, first, I must ask: What the Hell is in the water out there in Western Maryland? Whatever it is, they need to bottle it and ship it statewide. The reason I ask/say this is because of the high level of shameless audacity it apparently gives you.
And, now, to the main point of this piece…
What do you think about a candidate for the House of Delegates who ran – and won – while selling himself as a former marine and a devoutly religious family man? All well and good, right?
Okay, what do you think about a candidate, now Delegate-elect, who left his wife and young son right around the time of last year’s primary to go and live with another woman who happens to be the daughter of another Frederick County political power player in an apartment that’s being paid for by the young woman’s father? Not so good now, is it?
Well, those allegations have been made against 4th Legislative District GOP Delegate-elect, David Vogt.
Of course, this piqued my interest – not so much for its salaciousness, but rather for its general scumminess. With that in mind, as I always do, I sent David Vogt a Facebook message on Wednesday, January 7th in which I asked…Oh, Hell – here’s a copy of the verbatim message I sent him:
“My name is Joe Steffen and I publish an occasional blog called “Darkness Revisited.”
Congrats on your election to Delegate in MD’s LD4.
What do you think about all of this Kirby Delauter mess that he created for himself?
Question or two:
I’ve been informed that you left your wife and son to go live with a top advisor to Blaine Young’s daughter (Rand Weinberg) in an apartment he (Weinberg) is paying for. The word is that this “arrangement” began right around last year’s primary. Is this true, and if so, is it also true that Mr. Weinberg told her to get out of the apartment if she didn’t get you get out of the apartment?
Additionally, I’ve heard that your father in law has gotten involved, at least by making a phone call. Do you know anything about that?
That’s it. Simple enough. Thanks!”
I sent David Vogt that message on Wednesday at 10:06 AM and, by the Grace of all the Gods, he saw the message at 10:20 AM. I know this because I got the little notification that the message had been seen.
I gave David Vogt a minimum of 24 hours from the time he’d seen the message to get back to me with a response or some manner of denial of the allegations. He never did. Imagine that.
That’s a shame.
All I can say is if someone with a blog or a printing press asked ME those questions, I’d be back with an answer ASAP – especially if the allegations were untrue. As of now, just about 35 hours later, there is no denial of the allegations, no nothing. THAT is the guy District 4 voters opted to send to Annapolis over Wendi Peters? Again, what the Hell is in the water that some of y’all are drinking out yonder?
A couple of points of interest concerning my FB message to Delegate-elect Vogt, for those who don’t know: Blaine Young was the GOP nominee for Frederick County Executive. Rand Weinberg, Young’s advisor and father of the woman Vogt is alleged to be “involved with” is an attorney.
Something tells me that the phone lines were a’blazing yesterday in Frederick after I’d sent Vogt the above message. Something also tells me that it was a group decision to not respond to me – either an “ignore the problem and it will go away” mentality or an “If we don’t respond to him, there’s no story.” Wrong. The story is that David Vogt never denied the allegations even though I know he saw the message I’d sent him.
To be blunt, normally I don’t care what anyone does with their personal life – as long as no one is being hurt by his/her actions. But, when you make a concerted effort to sell yourself as one thing to the voters, but then…
And, now, to ship this piece off to my attorney to make sure I’ve not crossed any lines here.
Addendum: 25 Minutes after I published this piece, Delegate-elect Vogt got back to me. Here is his verbatim response:
I do not have any comment in regard to the matters involving Councilman DeLauter.
In regard to myself, my wife and I have been going through a separation. Just like any any other marriage, we are sorting through our own challenges. This is a family matter, and a matter to be handled privately. She and I are handling our concerns.
I am focused on my children and doing my job serving the citizens of District 4. I am looking forward to beginning my first session as a freshman Delegate.
Sincerely and Semper Fidelis,