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Race for RPV Chair Goes Down to Wire

Tim Craig

The campaign for chairman of the Virginia Republican Party is heating up in the hours before this weekend's state convention in Richmond.

Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (R-Prince William), who is seeking the job, has been stepping up his attacks on chairman John H. Hager, who is seeking reelection. Frederick has been reminding GOP activists that Hager used to serve in former governor Mark R. Warner's (D) cabinet and donated $500 to former Democratic governor L. Douglas Wilder's 2004 campaign to become mayor of Richmond. Frederick also blames Hager for allowing the Democrats to retake the state Senate and pick up seats in the House of Delegates in last year's state legislative elections.

Mike Wade, chairman of the 3rd Congressional District GOP committee, came to Hager's defense this week.

"How can you blame John Hager for losing the Republican majority, even though John Hager was elected just 3 months prior to election day?" Wade asks. "Answer with irrefutable facts to support your claim."

Wade added, "Delegate Frederick, I hope you understand that while you have constantly promoted your self at the expense of John Hager and the Party you wish to lead, that you have missed the mark. A leader is a leader because he understands that he cannot do it alone. There are no super heroes in our game of politics."

In an interview today, Frederick said he won't respond to Wade because he "is clearly a biased individual."

"From the beginning he supported John Hager and he is hardly one who is trying to be objective in this campaign," Frederick said. "I need to be talking and emailing with delegates to try to earn there votes instead of spending a bunch of time responding to one of Mike Wade's missives."

By Tim Craig  |  May 29, 2008; 11:48 AM ET
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Posted by: Anonymous | May 30, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I was at the convention. Mike tell me why you felt the need to turn over and look at who I voted for. Oh I think what you were saying about Frederick is that without the old guard he can't do it alone. Well guess what one down and more to go. Maybe you will be next. You say there are no super heroes in our game of politics. Maybe in your game not mine. I have a super hero. Thank you Frederick. Hey Mike wake up times are changing.

Posted by: Convention Delegate | May 31, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

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