The Fallout from Frederick's Win
Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick's election today as the new chairman of Virginia Republican Party will likely lead to some big changes at GOP headquarters, including possibly a new executive director, according to party officials.
Under former lieutenant governor John H. Hager, who Frederick unseated today in the chairman's race, Charles E. Judd served as executive director.
"You will probably be hearing some news about that next week," said Frederick, who lives in Prince William County. "I ran to make changes, so we will be making some changes." He declined further comment.
It's unclear how national Republicans in Washington will react to Frederick's efforts to shake up the party in the middle of a presidential race.
For the first time in decades, Virginia could be a battleground this fall. Hoping to keep the state red, Hager, as well as Judd, had already begun meetings with Arizona Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign staff to coordinate strategy.
Frederick's win also poses a challenge for House Republican leaders in Richmond looking to keep their majority after next year's state legislative elections.
In an effort to win support in the chairman's race, Frederick sent out a letter last week saying, if he won today, he wouldn't seek reelection as delegate so he could spent more time on party business.
"I made a commitment to not run for reelection and at this point I plan to keep that commitment," said Frederick, who added, "but we will see how things shake out."
If Frederick keeps his promise, Democrats in Richmond will fight hard to pick up his eastern Prince William seat, which has been trending Democratic.
Democrats are just six seats shy of a majority in the House.
But Frederick and his wife, Amy, could put a wrinkle in Democrats' strategy if she becomes the Republican candidate for her husband's seat. Democrats would still heavily contest the race, but having the name "Frederick" on the ballot may improve the GOP's chances of retaining it.
"That seems to be what everyone wants to happen," Frederick said. "But we haven't discussed it and we will be keeping our options open."
May 31, 2008; 7:58 PM ET
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