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GOP Chairman Ready to Take on Frederick

Tim Craig

John H. Hager said today he plans to seek a full term as chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, despite a challenge from Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (R-Prince William).

Hager, who became chairman in July after Ed Gillespie joined the Bush administration, said he wants to continue his efforts to put forward "a reform agenda" for the state party.

"I am not in a career job and I think I can do a good job," Hager said. "We are in good shape financially, which had not been the case before...We are working on being more of a service organization for our elected officials. ... I am imminently involved with all these pieces of the building blocks, so it is probably not a good time to make a change."

Hager said he thinks he already has the support of 10 or the 11 GOP district chairman as well as Morton C. Blackwell, the state's Republican national committeeman.

Frederick, who argues the party needs fresh leadership, countered in an interview that Hager is exaggerating his level of support.

"People don't want him to stick around," said Frederick, who said he's also been in contact with many of the district and county chairmen.

Frederick, 32, added Hager "has got to remember" that the next chairman will be selected by several thousand delegates who attend the state party convention in early June. When Hager ran for the job after Gillespie resigned, the 84 members of the Republican State Central Committee chose the new chairman.

"He is going to need a lot more than 10 votes," said Frederick, who vows to out work Hager on the campaign trail.

By Tim Craig  |  January 23, 2008; 1:49 PM ET
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John Hager has been a disappointment so far to those who elected him. The staff at RPV is ineffective and disconnected with most Republicans. John promised to change that and he hasn't been the hands on manger he promised to be.

Posted by: Outside Richmond | January 23, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Frederick is good for his district but extremely arrogent within GOP circles. I firmly believe he will not be a candidate come convention time.

I don't think RPV needs a chair that walks out of important votes.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 23, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Frederick is exactly what the party needs. He wins tough races and raises a lot of money. I'm not sure what the 8:18 person is talking about - Jeff is well liked among Republicans I know.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 24, 2008 6:58 AM | Report abuse

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