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Del. Frederick's Wife Defends Her Husband

Anita Kumar

House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) sent a letter to Virginia Republicans encouraging them to re-elect John H. Hager chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia on May 31.

Unfortunately, one of the recipients was the wife of Hager's opponent, Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (R-Prince William).

A clearly angry Amy Frederick sent letter back to Howell today, defending her husband and demanding an apology.

"I realize Jeff is a young go-getter and that rubs the old guard the wrong way,'' she wrote. "Yet, just because you've known Jeff's opponent for over 20 years, as you stated in your letter, doesn't excuse this sort of conduct."

Read below for text of both letters:

Dear Fellow Republican,

I've been working to bring common sense conservative principles to Virginia for more than twenty years. When I first ran for office the Democrats had a veto proof majority in the House of Delegates and State Senate.

The Republican Party of Virginia began recruiting quality candidates and steadily winning
elections until we took over the Virginia Senate in 1998 and the House of Delegates in 1999.

But after winning these majorities the tide began to change. Concurrently, the Republican Party of Virginia experienced turmoil at the top.

We've had four different chairmen at RPV since 2004. We've had a revolving door of executive directors - five in the past five years. It's nearly impossible to implement a plan to win elections with this kind of chaos within the Party. This is part of the reason we've suffered election losses here in the Commonwealth.

Just eight months ago, John Hager was named Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. Through hard work and determination, John has achieved remarkable accomplishments for the Party and our conservative ideals in a very short amount of time.

Thanks to John Hager, our Party is getting back on the right track.

John put in place a three-year plan aimed at rebuilding the Party and winning elections. The first few months of that plan brought several successes including:

Historic fundrasraising totals that allowed RPV to spend a record of $4.2 million in helping to elect Republican candidates across Virginia.

A robust political operation that places staff in regional offices across the state - not just in the headquarters building in Richmond.

Partnering with the Republican leaders in the State House and Senate to communicate the conservative legislative accomplishments of our Party.

National Republican organizations are taking note of RPV's new progress. Unlike years past, the RNC's "Victory 08" operation and the McCain Campaign will work with RPV to elect our Party's presidential, Senate, and House candidates in November. In addition, the national "Victory 08" operation will be headquartered in Virginia.

As a result of his determined and strong leadership, John Hager is turning RPV into a strong, vital organization that is essential to electing Republicans from the local level to the White House.

John Hager brings desperately needed leadership and continuity to RPV, something that we haven't seen in many years.

Now is not the time for disruption. Now is the time for us all to be together on the same page, working for the same cause and generating results.

That's why I'm supporting John Hager for RPV Chairman. While Jeff Frederick is a fine Delegate, I believe that John Hager's leadership is best for our Party at this important time.

There is simply too much at stake for RPV to be changing chiefs again. This year we must carry Virginia for John McCain in order to have any shot at keeping Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama out of the White House. And we need to defend all of our incumbent congressmen as well as keep the open seat of retiring Congressman Tom Davis in GOP control.

The legislative elections next year will likely play a huge role in redistricting. If the Democrats control a majority in the House of Delegates they will control the redistricting process. This means that Democrats will draw congressional district lines and EVERY one of our Republican congressmen could be endangered.

The stakes are extremely high and that's why I'm taking a position on the race for Republican Party of Vrginia Chairman.

As the Speaker of the House of Delegates, I've stood firm for our conservative values and John
Hager has stood with me. I've known John Hager for two decades and I've always been able to count on him. He's always been there in our fight for lower taxes, more efficient government and strong families.

That's why I'm supporting him along with so many of my colleagues in the Virginia General Assembly.

I'm asking for you to join me in supporting him at the 2008 Virginia Republican Convention on May 31.

Sincerely,

Bill Howell Speaker, Virginia House of Delegates

P.S. The turmoil of revolving door chairmen has hurt our Party. Under the leadership of John Hager, the Republican Party ofVirginia is now on the right track. Please join me and my colleagues in the Virginia General Assembly in supporting John Hager for Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia.


FROM THE DESK OF
Amy N. Frederick

An Open Letter To William Howell, Speaker Of The Virginia House Of Delegates

Dear Mr. Speaker:

I received your letter this morning. To say that I was shocked would be an understatement.

It takes some nerve for you to write me to outline all the reasons my husband should not be Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV). Worse, your letter to me was apparently timed to arrive the same day RPV (the organization our opponent currently oversees) leaked misleading documents intended to attack Jeff's integrity.

Can you imagine your reaction if Jeff sent a letter to your wife Cessie telling her -- in light of the House Republican Caucus losing 11 seats to the Democrats since you've become Speaker -- that you should not be Speaker any more? That the House GOP has gone from a very healthy governing majority to now a slim 3 seat majority under your leadership and therefore you're not best qualified to be Speaker?

Then, on the same day after such a letter, you were attacked for standing on the podium at the 1993 Virginia Republican Convention to ask Republicans to defeat a pro-life nominee for Lt. Governor with a pro-choice alternative?

I believe you'd demand an apology from Jeff immediately -- and while I can't demand anything, I do believe you owe me an apology.

I realize Jeff is a young go-getter, and that rubs the old guard the wrong way. Yet, just because you've known Jeff's opponent for over 20 years, as you stated in your letter, doesn't excuse this sort of conduct.

I do find one of your statements rather curious:

"As the Speaker of the House of Delegates, I've stood firm for our conservative values and John Hager has stood with me. I've known John Hager for two decades, and I've always been able to count on him."

Was it the time you were advocating the Party go with a pro-choice statewide candidate over a pro-life leader, or more recently when John Hager was working to advance the agenda of Democratic Governor Mark Warner, that you were counting on him?

True, Jeff was too young to vote two decades ago when you started working with John, but is the old guard really getting things done?

Republicans came to power on the backs of conservative, grassroots activists, and Jeff is a young leader who has shown he can motivate young voters to join those who have spent years doing the volunteer work necessary to elect conservatives.

Jeff is not going to march more in line with the establishment to earn their support; no thanks. It is amazing to me that the old guard has betrayed grassroots conservatives on so many issues, yet still feels it can dictate to the grassroots who they need to select as their Party leaders.

As you recall, John Hager lost his 1992 bid for RPV Chairman running as a moderate. Then the Party was able to get back to its conservative principles on life, taxes and the 2nd Amendment and the result was us winning control of both houses of the General Assembly and sweeping all statewide offices.

On May 31, I believe the Republicans who attend the convention will vote to get back to winning elections and governing as conservatives -- and will defy you and the rest of the old guard to elect Jeff Frederick as RPV Chairman.

Sincerely,
Amy Frederick

P.S. Please take "Mrs. Amy Frederick" out of your contacts, and please don't send me anything further in the future about my husband.

By Anita Kumar  |  May 12, 2008; 4:22 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2008  
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Comments

yawn

Posted by: Anonymous | May 13, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

what a skank

Posted by: Aisha | May 13, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

slow news day

Posted by: Anonymous | May 15, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Get your own identity, honey. Living life as an extension of "your man" will prevent you from making your own contribution to making the world a better place. Let him fight his own battles. Asking to be taken off Howell's list was a fair request, but writing on indignant open letter protesting what is just a run of the mill political endorsement makes you seem naive and foolish.

Posted by: Connie | May 16, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

TAKE FOOT AND INSERT INTO MOUTH, because your letter just proved the Speaker's point. The GOP needs someone to bring the party together. But Ms. Frederick wants people to defy party members she feels don't emulate her husband's political views. Hm...sounds like the complete opposite of what a party leader is supposed to do doesn't it?

Posted by: Sarah | May 16, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

She signed it "sincerely" after calling for a coup?

Posted by: Mike | May 16, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

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