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Will Frederick Keep Promise Not to Run Again?

Anita Kumar

Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick of Prince William, who vowed not to run for re-election next year if he was elected chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, said he may reconsider that pledge.

"A lot of guys around here are trying to convince me,'' Frederick said during a House recess. "I really don't want to (run)...But if there's this huge call and everyone in the world wants me to run for re-election, I guess there is some chance. If the whole world says we're going to relieve you of your pledge."

Frederick said he is 99.9 percent sure he will not run but that he is continuing to raise money to help his wife, Amy, if she decides to run for his seat and to continue to pay for costs to serve his district over the next 18 months.

"I'm not relieving myself of my responsibilities in representing the people of the 52nd district,'' he said. Frederick said in May that he made his decision not to run for re-election because of concerns from party leaders that it would be too hard for him to be both a delegate and the leader of the state party. His most recent fundraising letter can be read below.

I need your help. Really.

Between preparing for the birth of our second child, running my small business to pay the Bills, running for statewide Party office, and going to Richmond for the special sessions, I haven't been doing much fundraising for House of Delegates seat.

Midnight June 30 is our fundraising deadline for the last 6 months of activity and I'm just $10,000 shy of our goal for this reporting period.

If you can spare a few bucks, I'd be grateful if you could take a minute, go online, and make a financial contribution to our efforts. We need to show strong numbers on this report, and with your help, we'll be able to do so. I'm counting on it.

Thanks again for all your continued encouragement, support, and especially your prayers.

I hope you and your family have been having a great summer. I'll have an update on our activities in the coming days.

Best--

JMF.

By Anita Kumar  |  June 24, 2008; 12:24 PM ET
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Comments

Maybe politicians should consider unforseen future circumstances before they play games and take these silly pledges.

You can't look like a hypocrite breaking a pledge which you never took.

But look at Del. Fredeick's comment, "I guess there is some chance. If the whole world says we're going to relieve you of your pledge."

I for one do not relieve you of your pledge. Not unless you take a pledge to never again demand that another candidate for anything take a pledge.

Until you do, you are morally and ethically bound by your current pledge.

Remember, Del. Marshall is always watching you.

Posted by: NoVA | June 24, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

This is just another of Jeff Frederick's sleazy maneuvers. The guy started as a political hack developing Web sites for conservative causes (Gen X Strategies). When that didn't work out too well, he changed gears (and company names--now GXS), and became a Beltway Bandit (in the most derogatory sense of the word. He's now applying all of that to how he governs.

Like NoVa, I don't release you from your pledge. So, the whole world cannot let you weasel your way out of this one.

Posted by: PWC Resident | June 25, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Make it three people who don't release you from your pledge. I'm sick and tired of folks talking about term limits being so wonderful - as long as it's for someone else. Be a surprising politician and keep to your word!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 25, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Since the young man, Frederick, is not entirely stupid--I presume there is no small amount of money to be made as Chair of the state GOP.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 29, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

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