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Howell Joins Effort to Oust Frederick

Tim Craig

House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) has joined the growing list of GOP officeholders who are calling for Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (R-Prince William) to be ousted as chairman of the state party.

In a letter sent to members of the State Central Committee over the the weekend, Howell said the Virginia GOP needs "consistent, credible leadership."

"With its current chairman, we have serious reservations about how effictively the state party can help us accomplish our goals and persuade a majority of Virginia voters that Republicans have the right ideas and policy prescriptions," Howell wrote.

The letter, which suggests Frederick would harm GOP efforts to retain control of the House this year, was also signed by House Majority Whip M. Kirkland Cox (R-Colonial Heights) and Del. Samuel A. Nixon Jr., the chair of the House GOP caucus.

As of now, House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) are the only two top GOP officeholders who are not calling for Frederick to be replaced.

By Tim Craig  |  March 16, 2009; 12:14 PM ET
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Jeff Frederick must go. This wet-behind-the-ears-and-eyes minion of the rabid radical right wing of his party blocks progress for the great State of Virginia. His types have blocked progress across our great Nation for the past 8 years. They have put this Nation on the teetering edge. He and they are shameful, as their interest seems more aimed at the free market than at a free and successful America. Get him outta there!

Posted by: BelmontBayNeighbor | March 16, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why everyone's trying to oust Frederick now, in the middle of an election. McDonnell is the worst - he stood by Jeff during other controversies but now he's throwing him under the bus when it's hurting his own campaign. The grassroots supported Frederick, and we should stand by him now.

Posted by: NoBobMcDonnell | March 17, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

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