Cuccinelli Speaks About Frederick Saga
State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R-Fairfax), a GOP candidate for attorney general with deep ties to social conservatives, said he is "staying out" of the battle over whether Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (R-Prince William) should be replaced as chairman of the state party.
But Cuccinelli warns supporters of the effort to remove Frederick need to be very careful in not only laying out their case against Frederick but also in how they craft a plan for selecting a new chairman should he be removed.
"It is incumbent on those who are bringing this effort forward to have a plan that would be acceptable, setting emotion aside, for Jeff Frederick supporters in how we proceed in managing the party," Cuccinelli said. "If all of this is viewed as just an attempt to steal the last election (for chairman) it will be horribly damaging ...They also needs to be thinking ahead about Jeff winning this contest and everybody burying the hatchet and saying, 'now we have a job to get done'."
Cuccinelli said social conservatives he talks to are divided over whether Frederick should be removed.
"There are people who supported Jeff (last year) who think this is an establishment coup and there are people who supported Jeff who share some of the concerns expressed those people trying to oust him," Cuccinelli said.
Because he is running for office, Cuccinelli said he is staying neutral in the fight for "selfish reasons." When asked if former attorney general Robert F. McDonnell, the GOP nominee for governor, made the right call by entering the fray in support of removing Frederick, Cuccinelli said "there are risks."
"In my own case, I think there is nothing but danger to weighing in," Cuccinelli said.
March 13, 2009; 12:15 PM ET
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