Anonymous Letter

As many of you already know an anonymous letter was delivered to every member of the Delaware House of Representatives in which serious criminal allegations were made against an elected official from Sussex County.

I have waited to address this letter out of caution, both for the privacy of those involved and for the protection of this site and myself against adding to what no doubt will be a sensational news story.

It is now been made public knowledge, what many already knew about the anonymous letter. The elected official is Sussex County Councilman, Vance Phillips, the allegations within the letter are that during the 2010 campaign for Glen Urquhart, on which Mr. Phillips was the campaign adviser, Mr. Phillips had an ongoing relationship with a then under age 17-year-old girl.

The letter states that there were witnesses to inappropriate touching and behaviour between Mr. Phillips and the girl at the Apple Scrapple Festival in Bridgeville in 2010.

The letter also states that when Mr. Phillips’ wife discovered the relationship she immediately “kicked” Mr. Phillips  out of their house.

It has also become public knowledge that Mr. Phillips has retained legal council from one Joe Hurley, this may be due to the fact that the attorney General has now become involved with the ongoing investigation by the Delaware State Police into the validity of the letter’s charges.

Since this is an ongoing investigation, and since the letter was sent by an anonymous person, or persons, I will take great care in what I have to say on the matter at this time. I know that many of you have knowledge of exactly what was in the letter, including the name of the girl. I will ask you to please refrain from using her name as I will edited it out. This matter is not about her, it is about whether Vance Phillips entered into what is an illegal act, but also what is a completely un-acceptable relationship, at least in the view of a father, of a daughter.

To me it wouldn’t matter if the girl was 18 years old when this alleged relationship took place, The age difference aside, Mr. Phillips was married. If these allegations prove to be true, then it is the end of his political career in my opinion. Unfortunately, even if they are proven to be untrue, it is most likely the end of his political career. More importantly, these allegations be they true or not, will upset and possibly ruin the lives of many people involved.

One does have to wonder why it has taken two years for this to come to this point. It would also be helpful to know the identity of the person or persons who sent the letter. The timing is interesting you would have to admit. I’ll let you all draw your own conclusions on that matter.

I am sure that the DSP are working to identify the sender for several reasons. One to help determine the validity of the allegations, two to determine when the sender learned of the alleged behaviour as they may be held legally responsible for not reporting it sooner, which might explain the letter being anonymous, and three to identify the sender so that if the allegations prove untrue, to press charges for false reporting of a crime.

Let me again remind all who wish to comment on this, this is the real lives of people, not some soap opera. Please do not use the girl’s name or reveal her identity in any way. The issue is not her, it is whether Mr. Phillips lost his mind, it is also about who knew what and when.

183 thoughts on “Anonymous Letter”

  1. While we must leave it to the DSP to conduct a proper investigation, what cannot be left to them is the issue of who know what? when did they know? and why did they not report what they knew?

    So whoever had this knowledge has been sitting on it all this time until they found a reason to use the information to damage someone. I can only think of a few folks who had the reason and probably the knowledge, since someone said it was “common knowledge.” No one has heard from Bodenweiser, Ayotte, or Christoper yet on what they knew and when they knew. I understand that Urquhart denied knowing anything (which is odd considering his previous role and that apparently most everyone else in the Sussex County GOP knew about). Still, he says he knew nothing and no one can refute that with any evidence at this point. But the other 3 haven’t been heard from and if they all intend to deny any knowledge, then we will have the measure of who they are.

  2. The letter claimed that Urquhart went to the girl’s family to find a solution.

  3. Dave writes in #153:

    While we must leave it to the DSP to conduct a proper investigation, what cannot be left to them is the issue of who know what? when did they know? and why did they not report what they knew?

    ABOUT WHAT???? Even the discussions about the rumors are it might have been this or it might have been that or if it was this or if it was that. You don’t even have a clear definition of what the rumor is.

    When did they know there was a rumor?

    If it was never true in the first place, then how could someone know about something that never happened?

    How can you ask people when did they know something if you cannot even define what it is?

    So the question is:

    When did you know it?

    What?

    Anything.

    When did I know about anything?

    Yes.

  4. Dave and everyone: WHEN did you learn that Barack Obama is running an opium den in the Lincoln Bedroom, and having Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi over to smoke opium out of a hookah water pipe?

    We have a right to know when you first learned about Obama’s opium den in the Lincoln bedroom.

    Now, how are you supposed to answer that question?

    Wouldn’t you first need to determine if, in fact, there ever was an opium den in the Lincoln bedroom?

    How can you answer such a quesiton without first finding out whether it is even true or not?

  5. questionfordavid wrote in #154: “The letter claimed that Urquhart went to the girl’s family to find a solution.”

    And I have a copy of a newspaper reporting on Barack Obama’s gay lover who died under mysterious circumstances. It’s called the National Enquirer.

    I also have affidavits (I downloaded) from forensic experts proving that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery.

    So what?

  6. 152questionfordavid writes in #152:

    If this is so untrue, why did the girl completely disappear from twitter and facebook?
    An 20 yr old girl who runs a social media company doesn’t simply walk away from twitter and facebook for no reason.

    QFD: My skills at understand women may be abysmal, and looking back at all the mistakes I have made in relationships over the years, so many times I misunderstood, so many near misses, so many wrong turns, so often reacting wrong by not getting it (only to realize the mistake later) – it can be depressing.

    Then I see that there is someone who understands women even less than I do, and I find strength to go on for another day.

  7. Jon, let me go ahead and save you the hassle of typing your idiocy over and over again.

    Please read every single one of my posts in this thread as if the all begin with the words “if the allegations in the letter are true…”

    There.

  8. But, QFD, then the rest of the discussion is nonsense. That’s my point.

    I demand to know who knew that Barack Obama was born in Mombasa, Kenya and when did they know it. Let’s not wait to see if he really was born in Kenya or not. Let’s rush on to the question of who knew that he was.

  9. I agree, lets ask who knew he was born in kenya.
    I’m glad youre finally on board.

  10. His grandmother said she was there at the hospital and watched Barack Obama, Jr. being born in Mombasa, Kenya. Her interview is recorded on available on the internet.

    So I guess we can move on to the “who knew and when did they know it” stage.

  11. Exactly.

    But this Vance Phillips thing is more important to me.

    Neither is very important to me, but at least I know Vance.

  12. The reason I don’t care about Barack Obama’s birth certificate is because i am certain we would never be able to prove that Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii. I “FEEL” that it is very likely that Obama was born in Mombasa, Kenya, because the Grandmother reports witnessing it, but in 1961 it was obviously more beneficial to be born in the USA than in a (then) real backwater (as perceived at the time) and the American grandparents pushed to make it look like Obama was born in Hawaii. Remember the US attitudes about third world countries at the time.

    BUT WHO CARES? The chance that that could ever be proven is so close to zero it is essentially zero. If evidence ever did exist, it has long since been erased. Too many people have too much invested in covering it up. So the whole topic is a waste of time because it can never be proven.

    So let’s envision this: Suppose Vance Phillips and the unnamed girl took a tour of the Kama Sutra. But Vance denies it. She denies it.

    DEAD END. End of the line.

    What then? If it can never be proven, does it matter?

    If a tree falls in the forest but there is absolutely no evidence of it and it can never been proven, does it really matter if it fell?

    I mean, yes, God knows and all that. I am not excusing it morally or spiritually. Obviously.

    But in terms of your hopes for political drama, what difference does it make if it could never be proven?

  13. Jon
    “The reason I don’t care about Barack Obama’s birth certificate is because i am certain we would never be able to prove that Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii. ”

    The only reason for your argument is to change the subject so that Vance and the anonymous letter are no longer the center of discussion. As others have said, Urquhart and Phillips must be paying you a lot of money. I know you have been paid by others to dissuade and obfuscate the truthfulness of other issues. Your purpose is obvious, and your words not credible.
    The legal business in Virginia must not be paying the bills for you.

  14. Dave 135, you are correct, but while the behavior was acceptable in the back rooms of the local ale houses, it was not spoken of in polite society, and has always been unacceptable according to the Gospels. I don’t however want his to turn into a theological discussion, so I will simply say that in my personal opinion this type of behavior is completely unacceptable.
    John Steam 136, you have expressed what I am sure many Urquhart supporters are feeling right now, and I agree that they have a right to know.
    Jm 137 says, “The moral and practical threat of gossip, rumors, smears, and lies is infinitely more dangerous than anything that you accuse Vance Phillips of. Why? Because you are seeking to have decisions about our government and our future made on the basis of lies.” So Mr. Mosely are we to automatically ignore any allegation if those accused simply say that it is all lies? Seems to me that most people accused of such behavior tend to at first call foul, especially politicians. I am not in favor of how this came to light, an anonymous letter, but once made it is in the best interest of society to know whether or not the allegations are true or not, and taking into consideration David Anderson’s comment 119, who was a part of the Urquhart campaign when the supposed affair took place, it is reasonable to continue to ask the questions, who knew what and when, and please don’t play the “Clinton game” of what “it is”.
    JM141, Mr. Mosely, you condemn John Steam and others for assuming that the allegations are true, please inform us how your assumptions that they are false are any different? You continue to state that this is all based on lies, how do you know anymore that they are lies than others who feel they are true? If you have more insight to what was going on in Sussex in 2010 than David Anderson, since you were in Virginia, please fill us all in, otherwise with all due respect, please save the self righteous rhetoric.
    JM151, about why vance would not be making a statement, well if the allegations are true and he makes a statement that they are not and then it all comes out, he is on record and has compounded his trouble. But more likely, if they are true, he fears the question of how to address the involvement of Glen Urquhart, since Urquhart is currently running for office. Maybe this is another case of politics trumping individuals. And if we are to use your “logic” what would one more denial effect?
    A general response to you Mr. Mosely, let me try and head you off for future comments, this is no longer a rumor, it has become an allegation, albeit an anonymous one, the letter was sent to multiple elected officials, to ignore it would have been crimminal on their part. So please stop defending from a position of it is all rumor. Also have you actually read or have you full knowledge of what was in the letter? The letter was clear as to what the allegations are, it is only out of dignity that we here do not continually repeat the word rape and intercourse.

  15. Has anyone asked the State Police about this recently? Is it still an ongoing investigation?

  16. And I have simple statement: It is up to Vance Phillips to clear up the mystery surrounding these allegations. Did he have a relationship with this young woman or not, and what was the nature of that relationship?

    I very well recall the clamor around Bill Clinton when the Gennifer Flowers story was making the rounds. It only went away after he dragooned his wife into appearing with him while he addressed the questions, albeit in an indirect, deceitful manner.

  17. Frank Knotts asks in #166: “So Mr. Mosely are we to automatically ignore any allegation if those accused simply say that it is all lies? ”

    Yes, in the complete and total absence of any evidence that allegations are true, you should not only automatically ignore unfounded allegations but condemn people who bring anonymous allegations without any evidence whatsoever.

    What are we talking about here? Suppose it were true: Vance is not confirming it. The girl is not confirming it. So what other evidence could you possibly have? NONE. Unless they did the nasty in the middle of the town square at lunch time in full view of everyone, you aren’t ever going to have any evidence. You don’t have it now. And you never will.

    So, yes, when you have absoultely no evidence whatsoever for an allegation, the correct thing to do, the moral thing to do, the legal thing to do, THE BIBLICAL THING TO DO is to ignore it.

    Frank, you not only present yourself as a Christian but one who freely differs with other Christians when you feel the truth warrants it.

    GO BACK TO YOUR BIBLE: http://www.BibleGateway.com has a search function.

    What does the Bible say about gossip? False allegations? Unfounded allegations?

    I have had to chastise a dear friend on the topic of gossip — that is, making decisions in politics and in management on the basis of unfounded rumors — and I don’t think she has grasped that yet. I expect to have to repeat the message several more times before she perhaps might finally understand.

    1 Timothy 5:19 (NASB) “19 Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses.”

    GOSSIP IS A SIN, FRANK. While there is 0 evidence of any sin by Vance, there is no question about the sin of gossip and unfounded allegations right here in front of us.

    Remember the woman accused of adultery? Jesus quoted the law, which required 2 or more witnesses who were not quilty of the same crime. Because there were no witnesses willing to testify against her, they all left, did not stone her, and Jesus forgave her, too.

    In a perfect example of this baseless feeding frenzy, Frank you cite David Anderson in #119 as proof that something happened, but David Anderson wrote: “I will make no further statements because I only know allegations not facts.”

    So in a perfect illustration, you take David Anderson commenting on the allegations and then turn that into evidence.

    And that is not an isolated mistake. That is the nature of such a morally baseless feeding frenzy. That is exactly why I condemn this. An anonymous letter makes baseless allegations, and then any time someone comments on it, that is turned into evidence that it must be true.

    Frank then asks why my assumption that the allegations are false is any more valid than others’ assumption that the allegations are true. Well, in a narrow sense they are the same.

    But the difference is making a public allegation against someone. DON’T DO IT unless you have facts to substantiate it. There is a huge difference between privately assuming something and going “public” with an assumption. If you can’t prove it, don’t say it.

    Now, you say, it troubles you. So, should you (1) go to the person privately or (2) blast it out publicly:

    Matthew 18:15 (NASB) “15 “ If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.”

    If you are so worried about the topic — go meet Vance Phillips for coffee. Bring your pastor with you. Or his pastor.

  18. When All Else Fails writes in #165:

    “The reason I don’t care about Barack Obama’s birth certificate is because i am certain we would never be able to prove that Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii. ”

    The only reason for your argument is to change the subject so that Vance and the anonymous letter are no longer the center of discussion.

    No, it is to highlight that you have absolutely no evidence of any wrong doing and never will.

    Was Barack Obama born in Mombasa, Kenya? I believe he was. SO WHAT? We will never be able to prove it, so who cares? (Remember: Barack Obama does not know where he was born. He was 0 years old at the time. He doesn’t remember himself.)

    Was Vance Phillips a gentleman with campaign workers male and female, young and old? I believe Vance did nothing wrong. You don’t like Vance, so you believe he is guilty.

    Will you ever be able to prove it? NOPE.

    If after all this time, 0 evidence has come from Vance and 0 evidence has come from the girl — after all this time neither one of them is talking — you have as much evidence on this topic as you have of UFO’s.

    Correction: There is a lot more evidence of UFO’s than there is of any improper physical activity involving Vance. It is actually possible that UFO’s might be real.

    Oh, and by the way, from the tiny thimble full of understanding of women that I have, young women never keep secrets on something like this. Emotionally and psychologically, she would talk about it with friends if it happened. From what very little I know about women, if it happened, we’d know about it.

  19. Jon
    Cha ching. Another satisfying check in the bank. Is is a steep fall from being a lawyer to the defender of slime?

  20. “Was Barack Obama born in Mombasa, Kenya? I believe he was.”

    The problem you have Jon is that all of your actions are influenced by your beliefs.

    Belief is based on faith not evidence. Essentially you are saying “I have faith that he was born in Kenya.” Applying your faith to the existence of God is one thing, but to believe something in the absence of any evidence (such as Obama’s passage through customs, with or without a passport) is ludicrous.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that you are well meaning and that you seem to be a principled person, but these silly (and even delusional) “beliefs” and logical fallacies that you insist on employing detract from your well meaning words. Sometimes I find myself wishing that you would act more in accordance with your education as an attorney and rely on empirical evidence. The belief that Obama was born in Kenya can only arise from some random firing of synapses in your brain or as a conclusion based on data that premises a logical conclusion. Which is it? Do you have certain facts from which you conclude his birthplace was in Kenya, aside from the single source (the grandmother) or did you take that single source and extrapolate to your belief?

  21. While the DSP and subsequently the AG will ultimately make a determination regarding the situation, it does not change the fact that someone was aware of something that compelled them to make the anonymous complaint.

    Since that is the case (as evidenced by the letter), then the questions continue to be, what did they know and when did they know it? If the information was discovered just prior to sending the letter that’s one thing but if they were sitting on the information all this time, that’s another thing.

    So what did they know and when did they know it?

  22. Meanwhile, the simplest facts goes unreported. Does he still live with his wife or not? If he does, doesn’t that discredit a big chunk of the original letter?

  23. JM170, First I will not judge Mr. Phillip’s sin, that is not for me to do. I can’t however help being influenced in my opinion of him if the allegations are true.
    Now to your idea that we need not investigate nor discuss this matter because only one letter has made the allegation. So in your mind the crime is to be ignored if it is compounded by others who have knowledge but fail to come forth, and in their absence, we (meaning the public and the police ) are not to investigate the allegations.
    First you are confusing the law of man and the law of God, the law of God will be enforced by God, the law of man is a different issue.
    I agree that there is little chance of any charges actually being brought against Mr. Phillips, since I am not sure what the penalty for “making out” with a minor might be, this is likely the only thing that there would be an actual witness to, at least according to the letter.
    But the people who will be called on to vote for Mr. Phillips in the future have a right to know the truth, that requires an investigation, it requires Mr. Phillips addressing the issue in a public statement (most likely not until after Sept. if he can delay it that long), and yes it requires the citizens to demand both.
    I know you have a soft spot for people who have been the victim of such anonymous attacks, but that should not give the freedom to any and all to committ any sort of crime as long as only one allegation can be made.

  24. Fact: “grandma” interview, Belief: “I believe he was” born in Kenya
    Fact: Anonymous letter, Belief: “I believe Vance did nothing wrong”

    This then is the logic employed by Jon. Note the selectivity. When one set of facts coincides with his belief, the belief is reinforced. When another set contradicts his beliefs, it is dismissed or ignored.

    Conclusion, Jon’s beliefs bear no relationship to facts or data. Facts and data serve merely to reinforce existing beliefs and paradigms and when unsupportive, they are dismissed or ignored.

    I grow weary of demonstrating the logical fallacy and inconsistency of your thought processes Jon. Even though you employ arguments that are illogical, at least be consistent and do it all the time. You could learn a lot from Rick who is the most consistent commenter here.

  25. Vance probably lives back at home by now. He may not be getting any action from the missus, but she probably let him back in the house, for appearances.

    So what we need to know is if there is someone who knows about Vance being unwelcome at home some time in 2010.

    Also, Jon, you have created an impossible bar for evidence. Basically, you are saying that if Vance denies it, the girl denies it, then there is no proof.

    What if I murder you? You can’t blame me, and I’ll deny it, so I can’t be convicted.

    The fact is, your ignorance about what is in the letter is leading you to say all these ridiculous things. All of this could be straightened out if someone would just post the freaking letter, with the girl’s name and identifying info edited out.

    The letter makes it clear there are witnesses to things that happened during apple scrapple festival. For the love of God, someone just post the freaking letter, I don’t have it.

  26. To Dave in #178, no, it is you who twist the story and cannot keep it straight.

    I was 100% consistent in saying that REGARDLESS of personal belief BOTH CASES ARE THE SAME: Whatever I or you may suspect can never be proven, so WHO CARES?

    I made it very clear that whatever my personal assumption about where Obama was born, IT DOESN’T MATTER. Nobody cares. It’s not worth talking about. Why? Because if there ever was any evidence, it has long since disappeared now. So it is a pointless waste of time to talk about where Obama was born.

    Both cases are exactly the same: Neither one matter because there is absolutely no evidence of any wrongdoing — no matter what you personally might wish to believe.

  27. Dave writes in #174: “While the DSP and subsequently the AG will ultimately make a determination regarding the situation, it does not change the fact that someone was aware of something that compelled them to make the anonymous complaint.”

    So, Dave, you assume that the anonymous complaint must necessarily be sincere and well-meaning?

    You cannot grasp the possibility that the anonymous complaint might be motivated by bad intentions?

  28. Questionfordavid wrote in #179: “The letter makes it clear there are witnesses to things that happened during apple scrapple festival”

    SO WHAT?

    Under Delaware law, statutory rape (because a person is under 18) requires actual penetration during sexual intercourse.

    Saying that “things” happened is not relevant to anything. Are you suggesting that people were having sexual intercourse, going all the way, at the Apple Scrapple Festival?

    If not, so what?

    Are any of those “things that happened” defined as “prohibited sexual contact” under Title 11, Section 5, Subchapter V, Subpart A, section 1103

    http://delcode.delaware.gov/title11/c005/sc05/index.shtml

    I find it very hard to believe that any of those things happened at the Apple Scrapple Festival.

    Also, remember that if someone thought the girl had turned 18, there is no crime:

    § 762. Provisions generally applicable to sexual offenses.

    (a) Mistake as to age. — Whenever in the definition of a sexual offense, the criminality of conduct or the degree of the offense depends on whether the person has reached that person’s sixteenth birthday, it is no defense that the actor did not know the person’s age, or that the actor reasonably believed that the person had reached that person’s sixteenth birthday.

  29. 179questionfordavid writes in #179:

    So what we need to know is if there is someone who knows about Vance being unwelcome at home some time in 2010.

    What would that prove? There couldn’t be any other reason for it?

    I am trying to teach you to think. If your driveway is wet in the morning, it could be that it rained over night. Or it could be that your water sprinklers went off over night. Or the neighbors’ kids were aiming the water house at your car.

    Learn how to think.

  30. Frank Knotts writes in #177:

    Now to your idea that we need not investigate nor discuss this matter because only one letter has made the allegation. So in your mind the crime is to be ignored if it is compounded by others who have knowledge but fail to come forth, and in their absence, we (meaning the public and the police ) are not to investigate the allegations.

    1) You don’t know that anyone has any knowledge, nor that there is anything for them to have any knowledge about.

    Maybe nobody has said anything because there is nothing to say???

    2) It doesn’t matter if there is only 1 letter or many letters. What matters is that there is absolutely no evidence, no matter how many letters report the complete lack of any evidence.

    I have no problem with the DSP talking to everyone and seeing what they can find out. I have no problem with people who have suspicions PRIVATELY telling the DSP.

    If the DSP talks to people and discover some real evidence, now that would be a horse of a different color.

    But it is absolutely wrong and sinful to publicly proclaim that (a) we know absolutely nothing, and (b) THEREFORE because we know absolutely nothing we must assume that the person is guilty.

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