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Frederick Hopes Obama Brings in Cash

Tim Craig

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."

By Tim Craig  |  November 10, 2008; 11:20 AM ET
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Is this man insane?

He can certainly satisfy a shrinking number of Virginia Republicans by playing the race card ("Marion Barry will become a United States senator" reminds me of the racist slurs directed at black elected leaders during Reconstruction). Not to mention the hate card.

But who in the world would be drawn away from Obama and the Democrats and toward this vein of ugly, retro race-baiting, if they already voted for Obama just a week ago? On top of that, the endless stream of just plain lies that you report is quite frightening. This is disturbing and politically idiotic. As a Democrat, I guess I should hope he keeps going down this path. But as a Virginian and an American, I hope someone replaces him soon.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | November 10, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Just when you think Jeffy learned his lesson, he goes off his rocker again.

He's like a crazed Chicken Little. What's with these whacky Republicans, Chambliss, Broun, Fredericks, Bachmann, Palin, etc???

Vote these freaks OUT and keep them OUT. We need sane, level-headed people, not bleating fringe lunatics, in government.

Posted by: smsbks | November 13, 2008 12:54 AM | Report abuse

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