Howell Joins Effort to Oust Frederick
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.
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