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Mullins Selected GOP Leader

Anita Kumar

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.

By Anita Kumar  |  May 2, 2009; 11:35 AM ET
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Comments

Please make Jeff Frederick Chairman for Life

Posted by: hwiggins01 | May 2, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

LOL. I rather doubt that a new captain will save the Titanic.

Posted by: Brittman1 | May 2, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

(sigh). The Virginia GOP is a collection of old guard hacks, losers, and buffoons who have lost their way.

I hope you enjoy your many years in the wilderness.

As a committed conservative and patriotic Virginian, I am sick and tired of this nonsense. The VA GOP will no longer get my money, time, or vote. I'll do what I can to disrupt the advances of the Commie Obamoocrats, but I can't in good conscience support a state GOP that throws a patriot like Jeff Frederick under the bus.

Posted by: SnakePlizzken | May 2, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Take Ferret-Face Frederick on the one hand and a Republican like Jack Kemp on the other. Drop Frederick and wash that hand thoroughly. Now you have a GOP fit to associate with civilized people.

Posted by: st50taw | May 2, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans need more than a new chairman in Virginia, they need new ideas. It would probably help if Mr Mullins called them back to Richmond to redo that vote on extending the unemployment benefits package, but I don't expect the party of "NO" to even think of doing anything reasonable. The annual $4.20 tax employers might have to pay; that got them so blustered, averages out to $0.013 a day per worker! If Republicans don't think Virginia workers are worth an extra penny a day, they are not worthy of being in any public office, period. Until the GOP changes it's antebellium ways, and join the 21th century,their mantra,"NO", will be my vote if there is a ( R ) next to the candidate's name!

Posted by: idallasj11 | May 3, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

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