GOP Congressmen Ask For Frederick's Resignation
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."
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