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Black GOP Leader Condemns Frederick

Tim Craig

Donald Scoggins, a prominent African-American Republican in Prince William County, has condemned Virginia Republican Party Chairman Jeffrey M. Frederick for comparing Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to Osama bin Laden.

Scoggins said he's been involved in the Republican Party for 40 years, but said Frederick's remarks are "totally unacceptable." Scoggins once headed Republicans for Black Empowerment, which sought to recruit more African-Americans Republicans to run for office.

"At this point in time, not just in Virginia, but all over, there needs to be a lowering of the decibel of hatred and that was very much uncalled for," said Scoggins, who has been in touch with other GOP activists and leaders this morning to discuss Frederick's remarks. "For him to equate (Obama) with someone as vile and destructive as bin Laden is just very much beyond the pale."

Scoggins said Frederick's message runs counter to the platform he ran on this summer during his campaign to oust former lieutenant governor John H. Hager as party chairman. Frederick, who is Hispanic, vowed he would make the party more inclusive.

Scoggins said Frederick instead appears to be focused on "appealing to a shrinking base."

"He can't get any more out of the base, so what he is doing is counter productive," Scoggins said.

Scoggins said he has never supported a Democratic presidential candidate. But he is not sure how he will vote this year.

"I am going to figure out who will be the best person for the country," Scoggins said. "With the kind of talk Frederick did, that does not help blacks who would like to support McCain."

The McCain campaign has also distanced itself from Frederick's remarks.

By Tim Craig  |  October 13, 2008; 12:06 PM ET
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See the best Sarah Palin impersonators, short clip. Very Funny.

See What they didnt show during the debate
What the media didnt cover, the debate outtakes. A tense moment between tom brokaw and John McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 13, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | October 13, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

It's inconceivable how anyone can compare Obama to Bin Laden.

Obama talks about peace and uniting both parties while McCain is just inciting his base. Who's more radical? Who incites hatred? It's not Obama.

Incidentally, if you want to talk about being linked to terrorists, has anyone considered the fact that the US (to include Donald Rumsfeld, etc.) have worked with and sent money to Osama Bin Laden when he was fighting Russia?

The GOP will try to scare everyone into submission so they can keep the power. The truth is, it's time for a change and Obama is the change we need.

Posted by: Dan | October 13, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

When their policies fail, their ideology fails and their campaign fails. Fear, Hatred and Division is all they've got.

Posted by: thebob.bob | October 13, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Are those forceps marks on Frederick's forehead? He seems to be suffering from damage to his frontal lobes.

Doesn't anyone vet these GOP 'leaders' any more?

Posted by: Mom | October 13, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I am sick of the race card. I am sick of the black whining and wanting a walk because they are black. Now, today, forever I am divided on white and black.

Posted by: dragonfly777 | October 13, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

dragonfly777 you are truly offensive.True as you say you are sick. This I believe. It isn't the race card it is your bigotry that is the cause of your sickness.

Posted by: Rodger Lemonde | October 13, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

dragonfly777, Who is playing the race card here???

Posted by: Steve | October 13, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

That's all the Republicans have had since Reagan. Think back over the last 25-30 years, Willie Horton, Clinton in Russia and smoking pot, Gore as a tree-hugger and inventing the Internet and finally Sift Boat Veternes for Truth and "freedom" fries. Hate and devisivness is all the right wing has and all they know. Even McCain was a victim of the rightwing slime machine in 2000.

I honestly think that McCain could be winning this if he was allowed to follow his own moderate instincts. I really don't think Palin and last weeks slimefest were his idea. In order to secure the nomination, he made a deal with the devil and now he is finding out how hollow that deal was.

I also hear now that right-wing radio is already writing McCain's epitaph saying that he is losing because he isn't conservative ENOUGH and not offering a clear alternative to Obama. Talk about being deluded.

I predict Obama will win this by a big score and unless something goes terribly wrong in the next 4 years the GOP will be in the wilderness for a long. All hail George Bush and the hard right, destroyers of the Republican party.

Posted by: Pete | October 13, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign has also distanced itself from Frederick's remarks.
Yea NOW they are, because it's backfiring on them! They started this themselves, with Sarah "I can see Russia from my House" Palin and her off the wall racist remarks and McCain waited until his own backers said "ENOUGH" before he decided to act like he had some brain cells left.

You don't have to be black to be offended by Frederick's remarks, you just need to be American, because the whole world is watching and it is embarrassing as hell for them to see that we have a large population of loonies running lose without their caretakers.

Posted by: Silvia | October 13, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I am ashamed to be living in Prince William County. People who claim to represent us, have represented Prince William County to be a racist scary place to live WHEN we our one the most diverse Counties. Come election time lets hope we come together as one and get rid of the waste polluting our community. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU!!

Posted by: Cathy | October 13, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

As a lifelong Republican I have looked long and hard at the issues the candidates and the Bush and Reagan legacies and the current state of my beloved country and have reached the same conclusion as many other lifelong Republicans. I Quit! Obama 2008!

Posted by: D Miner | October 13, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

When you wonder why many African-Americans are not Republican--this is an example of a reason why. There is too much trash just like this gentleman who are high-level members of the Republican Party, and it would be very difficult to convince anyone that this man is not a low-class racist.

Posted by: vrob125 | October 13, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Just how low will they go?

Posted by: Linda | October 13, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

So far as low as we let them.
Except better and they will have to step up.
We have to think better of ourselves for them to think better of us.

Posted by: Nick | October 13, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny, and in this judgment there is no partiality. So arm in arms, with arms, we'll fight this little struggle, Cause that’s the only way we can overcome our little trouble. Brother you are right, Brother your Rights. Thanks Bob Marley

Posted by: Nick | October 13, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

They weren't Frederick's remarks, he was quoting Rush Limbaugh.

Posted by: Rush | October 13, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama's strategy to distract voters from discussion on who is Barack Hussein Obama.

Posted by: Dmitriy | October 13, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

As a Republican I'm very embarrassed by the tactics this so called Leaders of the Party are showing. Fredericks is totally out of touch, out of his league and out of his mind. The Gop needs to realize that the American people are not in the mood for all this drama and they need to really have a reality check. Effective today switching parties until the GOP shows me that they are for the American people.
Please fellow Americans, keep your minds and hearts focused. We are better than this and we are not gonna let people like Frederick dictate which direction our Country is going to take, but we are going to dictate which direction he is going to take.....out of office! If he wants to clown around in times when the American public is hurting, let him go clown around some where else. This are very serious times we are facing and Mr. Frederick needs to grow up!

Posted by: carlos marroquin | October 13, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Agh! Here comes another one, brown-nosing his way up to the Top. People like him will prob. do and say anything to secure themselves a place in the lime lights ... I predict this guy a great future in a the GOP. Disgusting person.
(Right in time for Halloween, the white sheets come out: just for fun, of course.)
And, by the way, what happened to President Bush's promise to catch the real Osama -- to "hunt him down". Looks like they want to give us at least a fake one, since they can't keep their loud-mouthed promises to present the original.

Posted by: raggedy | October 13, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

This is the organization Sarah Palin was a member of:

These are facts.

Posted by: raggedy | October 13, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Now perhaps Mr. Scoggins knows his neighbors a little better, as well as his parties intentions regarding the respect of a black man in America.


A Black man that knows better than the GOP cares at all about minorities or Black American's in general.


Posted by: Patrick | October 13, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

If any of this seems familiar to you you are right. Of course it has happened over and over again and seems often to come from the far far right. Does anyone remember Senator Symms?
He claimed that there were photos depicting Mrs. Ducakis burning a flag. Of course the photos never existed because she had never done such a thing, but the damage was already done. This is a tried and true method, make false accusations and watch the poll numbers fall.

Posted by: Steve | October 13, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

THANK YOU, Mr. Frederick, for the additional votes you just sent to Obama/Biden, possibly including some longtime GOP leaders such as the subject of this article.

Another crowning achievement for this VA GOP Chair, and another crowning moment in GOP Message Development.

As Democrats, we thank you.

Posted by: MrJ | October 13, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

See them fighting for power
But they know not the hour
So they bribing with their guns, spare-parts and money,
Trying to belittle our
Integrity now.
They say what we know
Is just what they teach us;
And we're so ignorant
'Cause every time they can reach us
Through political strategy
They keep us hungry
And when you gonna get some food
Your brother got to be your enemy, we-e-ell!

Posted by: OLD | October 13, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I hope Frederick runs for re-election as delegate and a Democrat takes him down. Frederick is a pathetic piece of garbage!!!!

Posted by: Jonathan | October 13, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

And people wonder why Lewis (one of McCain's "three wisest men") was worried about the tenor of his campaign.

People are shouting "kill him" and "terrorist" and someone burned an Obama sign on a black family's yard. If that's what passes as acceptable these days, I'm not going to remain registered as a Republican for very much longer.

Posted by: Joe | October 13, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who live in Virginia House of Delgates District 52 you can let him know what you think next yeare when he runs for reelection. You can also communicate with him through his Web Site at Is this the kind of leaders that Prince Williams grows? So no to this kind Karl Rove tactics. Vote the bum out!

Posted by: Norm from Fairfax | October 13, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Please pass this info on to everyone that you know who uses the n-word:

Posted by: thescoop | October 13, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

He just won re-election last November. I'll bet Chris Brown the democrat who ran against him wished he would have made those comments sooner. Jeff has shown his true colors before and is doing it again. Jeff frequently visits the African American Churches in his district. I wonder if he is still welcome there?

Posted by: Virginia Delgates District 52 Resident | October 14, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Why not have a recall election and sit Frederick down!

I have always known the Republican Party was for the 'rich and well to do' and the racists. They try to cover it up most of the time but every once in a while they slip up.

This country is in trouble and to get it back on track we will need all hands on deck. We do not need to be dis-united as Republicans suggest.

The whole world is affected by the USA and they are hoping we choose a leader with the unique character to unite not only the USA but the world.

We after all are The UNITED STATES!!! May God Bless America!

Posted by: jvii | October 14, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Outrage? Why? Racist? Are terrorists exclusive to one race only? Mr. Obama's terrorist friend is white. Mr. Bin Laden's terrorist friends were not Negroes.

If I read the quote correctly, it seems Mr. Frederick made a valid statement.

Mr. Obama has a friend who bombed the Pentagon, William Ayers. Mr. Bin Laden had several friends who did the same.

Mr. Obama has never refuted his friendship with his terrorist friend, nor has Mr. Bin Laden.

Posted by: Alton Foley | October 17, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

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