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GOP vs. GOP

Anita Kumar

The infighting among Republicans is not over yet.

Bill Stanley, leader of the Franklin County Republican Committee, announced today that he will run for state GOP chairman against Pat Mullins on May 30 at the state convention.

"Our party must be driven and guided from the grassroots up and not the top down,'' he said in a statement. "While we must give all those who work on our party's behalf their due, the Republican Party must not permit the judgment of the few to instruct or override the will of the many. The position of chairman must be elected, not anointed."

Stanley sounds a little like ousted chairman Jeffrey M. Frederick, doesn't he?

If Stanley's name is familiar, it's because he represented Frederick at the State Central Committee last month when he was removed. (But his most famous client was Paula Jones in her sexual harrassment case against former president Bill Clinton.)

The State Central Committee selected Mullins, Louisa County's Republican chairman and the former longtime leader in Fairfax, as the party's new chairman at a meeting Saturday.

Party rules require another election later this month when 8,000 to 10,000 activists gather in Richmond for the party's state convention.

By Anita Kumar  |  May 6, 2009; 5:13 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2009  
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