Frederick Hopes Obama Brings in Cash
Less than one week after Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) became the President-Elect, the Virginia Republican Party is using the outcome of the election to try to raise money for a party that suffered a humiliating defeat at the polls.
On Nov. 4, Obama became the first Democratic nominee in 44 years to carry the Virginia and the party picked up one Senate and three House seats. The poor showing for the GOP has caused some party insiders to grumble that Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (Prince William) failed his first test as chairman of the Virginia Republican Party.
But Frederick is trying to capitalize on Obama's victory. Over the weekend, he sent out a fund-raising appeal warning donors the country will undergo "a radical shift" unless they donate to the state party. Frederick's appeal is based on a series of unsubstantiated rumors, including statements that Obama has already offered jobs in the administration to Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean.
Frederick then goes on to accuse Obama of wanting "massive new taxes and generous giveaways to his supporters," a 25 percent cut in the military budget, to divert the bailout money to ACORN, extend "welfare for millions who already pay no taxes," and give "welfare and drivers licenses for illegal aliens - with voting rights soon to follow."
In another inflammatory barb, Frederick says Obama will push for voting rights for the District of Columbia and council member Marion Barry will become a United States senator.
"We beat back radical liberalism in the past and we can do it again," Frederick wrote. "We must."
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