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GOP Congressmen Ask For Frederick's Resignation

Tim Craig

All five Republicans who represent Virginia in Congress today called on Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick to resign as chairman of the state party, the latest salvo in a worsening feud that has turned into a major election-year distraction for the GOP.

In a letter sent to Frederick today, the five congressman said he needs to be step down immediately to salvage the party's chances in this year's governor's race.

"For the good of the Republican Party of Virginia, we write today asking that you step aside as chairman," the letter stated. "With November's election rapidly approaching, it is essential that our party be unified as we work to regain control of the governor's mansion and retain control of the House Delegates."

The letter was signed by U.S. Reps. Eric Cantor, Frank R. Wolf, Robert Goodlate, Robert Wittman and Randy Forbes.

But Frederick is vowing fight to fight to keep his job, setting up an ugly, internal battle.

"I can appreciate the pressure they are getting from the top, but we are going to keep plowing ahead," Frederick said. "It's not the members of Congress who elected me chairman, its the grassroots Republicans around the state, who are overwhelmingly sticking with me."

By Tim Craig  |  March 13, 2009; 3:35 PM ET
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Jeff Frederick must and should go as Party Chairman.We are Black. We began to work and be committed to the Republican party because of there stand for marriage, unborn babies and the values and morale issues of this Country. We did not vote for our new President because of his stand concerning these same issues. During the election and leading up to the elctions we recieved many letters from Frederick about the new President. At the time he was just in the running stages, Regardless the long three to four page or longer letters from Frederick were so full of hatred, name calling and racist statements we were appauled. We kept some of the letters. It made us think if you could hate one Black man that way could you hate all Blacks. The name calling, it was unreal. We can disagree withour going that far. This is the leader of this Party. He must and should go and go now. The hurt and damage he has caused is to deep to just apologize. We have some of the letters and for the Republican Party to allow this to go on this far.There needs to be a leader that disagree but keeps the intergrity of the Office. He must and should go and go now or the party will suffer greatly.

Posted by: restorefam | March 13, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I believe it's very telling that the Republican Party is having leadership controversies at both the state and national level. This is primarily because the GOP's leadership has gotten so far out of touch that the party as been lead astray from the values that are held by the general public.

The Democratic leadership, on the other hand, continues to promote commonsense solutions that are in the best interests of the general public and is continuing to work hard to come up with solutions to our financial crisis, fix our health care system, and to make sure that workers' rights are protected.

Posted by: BryanScrafford | March 14, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey restorefam;

Who really cares what color anyone is?
What in the world does that have to do with anything?

You are the ones making it a racial argument.
Frederick never said anything about Obama's race, religion or creed, that I ever heard.
He simply disagreed with his politics.
Like it or not, it is true that Obama's foreign policy goes a
lot further toward making terrorist regimes happy than to preserving our freedom.
That is a fact.

If criticizing a man's politics constitutes racism, then God help us all, including you, because by your definition we are all racists.

Your mentality is offensive to me as a southern Christian conservative who never has it occur to me to consider a man or ladies' color when critiquing their political leanings.

Dr King reminded us to judge a man by the content of his character, not the color of his skin.

GO thou, and do likewise.
Jeff is a good man, who may have made mistakes like we other humans, but I have not yet seen any proof of anything more.

For you to accuse him of being a racist is so far-fetched that it brings into question your motivation in assaulting his character.

Did you know that he is Hispanic?
Do your research next time before launching an ill-informed assault on someone whose background you obviously do not know.
Notice he is not screaming about his race, and accusing his detractors of racism!

Are you sure you are really a Republican?

Posted by: TimBoyer | March 14, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Not all of us agree with the Congressional delegation;
In fact, I know very few grassroots folks who do!
It is my opinion that we need an independent investigation of the facts surrounding what appears to be politically motivated charges against Jeff Frederick.

First, the charges have apparently been issued without documentation to the media, therefore making this a public issue.
Secondly, whether it is public or not, the grassroots of the Republican Party elected Frederick, not Bob McDonnell or the State Central Committee, and we deserve the opportunity to see for ourselves and make an informed judgment.

The Party Plan of Organization does allow for the removal of a chairman by the SCC under extreme circumstances, and I would, of course, support the removal of anyone who has transgressed against law or responsibility to the extent required by the Plan to authorize removal.

However, the accusers of the Chairman have offered no proof or substance yet that I can see, and as SCC has been asked and so far refused to ask for an independent investigation to ensure a fair and Just review of the FACTS, I hereby call for said investigation, and if either side refuses to agree, it could potentially tell the story.

If the Chairman is innocent, he deserves to have his name cleared, and we deserve to know the truth as the grassroots of this party.

If the accusers are correct in their assertions, they will not object to potentially being proven correct by an independent group with no special allegiances to prevent objectivity.

The discovery and revealing of the truth must be the ultimate goal of both sides and all of us who wish to see a return to conservative majorities in the Republican party and our government.

I do not see a trial of the Chairman by those bringing the accusations and calling for his removal as being a viable substitute for an independent investigation.
The State Central Committee has been told not to share the information outside the context of the committee.
As Jeff is the chairman of the entire party, elected by us, that attitude by the committee, and a secret decision for removal will not suffice.

Posted by: TimBoyer | March 15, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

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