Mullins Selected GOP Leader
The Republican State Central Committee selected Pat Mullins, Louisa County's Republican chairman and the former longtime leader in Fairfax, as the party's new chairman at a meeting in Richmond this morning.
For months, the leadership conflict has split the party and overshadowed Republican efforts to win the governor's mansion in a campaign that is viewed by many to be a harbinger for federal midterm elections in 2010.
Party rules require Mullins to run again later this month when 8,000 to 10,000 activists gather in Richmond for the party's state convention May 30.
Ousted chairman Jeffrey M. Frederick has said he will probably run for chairman again at the convention, but has made no formal announcement.
The State Central Committee voted to fire Frederick last month after he was accused of directing business to his own company, spending party money for unbudgeted purposes without approval, refusing to coordinate with Republican presidential nominee John McCain's campaign and making embarrassing political gaffes.
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