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Frederick Calls for Job Security -- His Own

Jeffrey M. Frederick promised to fight for the Virginia Republican party chairmanship. Signs of his public campaign surfaced this afternoon when the party faithful received robo calls urging them to stick with him.

The calls, which appear to be sent to people who attended the party convention, say Richmond elitists are behind the effort to oust him. The culprits are pro-tax, anti-gun and pro-choice, according to the recorded message. And it explicitly calls out GOP gubernatorial candidate Robert F. McDonnell, who waded into battle over Frederick's fitness to serve.

Earlier this month the state party's governing body asked Del. Frederick (R-Prince William) to resign after a series of missteps, internal squabbles and the party's election losses last year. Frederick faces a vote to remove him at an emergency state central committee meeting next month.

Frederick campaigned for the job of chairman last year as a young, energetic leader who blamed his predecessor for failures at the ballot box. But many now consider his short tenure a failure, citing his lackluster fundraising, his disputes with Sen. John McCain's campaign team and his ill-timed remark comparing Sen. Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden.

By Kristen Mack  |  March 12, 2009; 3:37 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2009 , Kristen Mack , Prince William , Robert F. McDonnell  
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