Frederick Supporters Go After McDonnell, Mike Thomas
Shaun Dakin, who operates the Stop Political Calls blog, has just received the audio of the robo call sent out today in support of Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick in his campaign to remain chairman of the Virginia Republican Party.
The call is a clear signal that Frederick supporters are mounting an agressive campaign to keep him as chairman.
The automated caller appears to suggest that McDonnell and Mike Thomas, the first vice-chairman of the state party, are elitists who are "taking orders from tax raising, anti-gun, pro-abortion officeholders in Richmond."
In a letter to members of the Republican State Central Committee, who will decide on April 4 whether to remove the chairman, Frederick said he did not authorize the robocall.
"I want to make it emphatically and clearly known that in no way did I have or had any involvement in the planning or execution of these calls, nor did I have prior knowledge these calls were going to be made.," Frederick said. "As of this writing, I still do not know what person or organization is behind this effort."
Below is the full text of the automated message, which is being sent to delegates who attended last year's GOP convention.
"A strong majority of delegates like you voted for a new chairman in 2008. You signed up, turned out, and rejected the false choices offered by the elite establishment.
"Now the elites, led by first vice-chairman Mike Thomas, instigated by Bob McDonnell, want to undo the decision of grassroots Republicans. They plan to use little-known rules in the Party Plan to decapitate party chairman Jeff Frederick.
"The elites hate the results of the 2008 convention. This angry band wants to control party fundraising and structure. They fight against truly pro-life, pro-gun, low-tax candidates.
"Theirs is a party taking orders from tax-raising, anti-gun, pro-abortion officeholders in Richmond. Call XX XXX. Tell him to knock it off. You know what he's doing. Call him at (000) 000-0000. That's (000) 000-0000.
"Tell XX the grassroots decide who the chairman is. Not clever rule manipulating elites. Authorized by Grassroots Republicans."
March 12, 2009; 4:16 PM ET
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