It appears Ben Tribett is calling off the dogs on Shaun Kenney. Either he is looking for bigger fish to fry (if you believe Ben, which I don’t) or he didn’t expect the blowback he got from Riley, Not O’Reilly at Virginia Virtucon, Shaun’s brother Jason, and Shaun’s friend yours truly.
So now, Ben is looking for the door (Not Larry Sabato): “By the way – as far as the beating up of Shaun Kenney- it should stop.” Unfortunately, Ben is still getting a few things wrong (emphasis in original):
If you read all the articles the only time I attack Shaun is when he lies about telling me about the indictments in advance . . . we can be fairly sure that someone in the Grand Jury did NOT leak this information to Shaun directly. Shaun would be out of this entire thing if he would just say who told him about the date of the indictment. Other than that the only thing Shaun appears to have done wrong is mislead the media when they first called him about it. He’ll recover from that once he comes clean and says who told him and when.
The only trouble with that is this: Ben still has presented no evidence that Shaun tipped him off about anything regarding in the investigation. The only thing Ben can show Shaun actually discussed were supposed efforts in the party to talk Mark Tate into dropping out of the Republican primary for the 27th State Senate District, something Shaun never denied.
Now, I don’t expect Ben to say, “Oops! My bad – Shaun didn’t give an indictment date,” but if he really wanted this to go away, he should have edited out the insistence that Shaun “lied.” All he had to do was make clear his view that Shaun was a “bit player,” and that his real target – for lack of a better word – is Gillespie.
Either way, it’s pretty clear Ben is waving the flag of truce (if not the white flag) regarding Shaun.