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Anthony Bedell for RPV Chairman?

Sandhya Somashekhar

An effort is underway to draft Anthony Bedell, chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee, to run for head of the Republican Party of Virginia.

His is among many names being floated to replace Jeffrey M. Frederick, who was ousted over the weekend but who has said he may run for the post again.

Bedell was only elected to his Fairfax County position in December, after Jim Hyland stepped down. Since then, Northern Virginia Republicans have outperformed expectations in three special elections, including one that installed John Cook (R) in the Braddock District seat vacated by Sharon Bulova (D), who became chairman this year.

Some supporters have started a Facebook group called "Draft Anthony Bedell for RPV Chairman," and several GOP blogs have suggested his name. No word yet from Bedell about whether he is interested.

UPDATE: Bedell issued this statement Wednesday: "At this time, I am not a candidate for Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. It is my intention to fulfill my campaign pledge and serve out the remainder of my term as Chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee. I have obviously been flattered to be mentioned by so many as a possible candidate for Chairman of the RPV, but right now my time and energy is focused on the FCRC."

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  April 7, 2009; 9:53 AM ET
Categories:  Fairfax County Board of Supervisors , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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