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Frederick Critic Faces Opposition

Anita Kumar

HOT SPRINGS, Va. -- Northern Virginia Republicans are calling on James Rich, chairman of the 10th Congressional District Republican Committee, to resign following his negative remarks about state GOP Chairman Jeffrey M. Frederick in Friday's Washington Post.

Several emails circulating Friday at the GOP Advance at the Homestead Resort called on Rich to step aside from his influential post. As chairman, Rich sits both on the GOP's executive committee and the 86-member State Central Committee that controls Frederick's fate.

"You have truly crossed the line,'' Bob Maistros of Loudoun County wrote in an email to Rich. "We need a chairman who can support and promote unity among Republicans locally and statewide in order to turn our common focus on our opponents -- rather than to turn on our own in the media."

Rich, who attended the GOP Advance, joked that he had hired a bodyguard. He questionned Frederick's leadership behind closed doors at a meeting of the State Central Committee but the group did not try to remove him as some had wanted, according to people who attended the session.

The State Central Committee still might call an emergency meeting in the next couple of months to try to remove Frederick. But several members interviewed said his opponents lack the votes. They need support of 75 percent of the 86-member body to oust him.

Frederick told the group that he wanted to remain its leader to win next year's elections.

"I hope you all are committed to coming together,'' he said. "We can spend a bunch of time fighting -- we're really good at that. We're really, really good at that. But if we can put that aside, we'll succeed."

By Anita Kumar  |  December 6, 2008; 1:55 AM ET
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What I would like to know is whether Frederick will live up to his promise to not run again for his House seat in order to devote 100% of his energy to the Republican Party. As a resident of the 52nd District, I sure hope so.

Posted by: ramgut | December 6, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

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