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New GOP Leader Disparages Obama, Va Dems

Anita Kumar

Will Pat Mullins, the new chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, turn out to be another Jeff Frederick?

Democrats are hopeful after hearing about comments Mullins made in a speech to more than 100 Republicans in Virginia Beach Monday night.

Mullins said he is glad he is not a Democrat so he doesn't have "to defend a President who goes overseas and bows to dictators that would like to destroy this country."

Mullins was also quick to criticize Virginia's three top Democrats -- Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, Sen. Mark R. Warner and Sen. James Webb, who he called an "embarrassment."

In a recording obtained by the Washington Post, Mullins told members of the audience all the reasons that he was "excited I'm not a Democrat."

Here are some excerpts...

On Webb...
"I don't have to support a senior senator that's an embarrassment to everybody in this commonwealth and is gonna serve one term and be gone."

On Warner...
"I'm glad I'm not a Democrat supporting a junior senator who is adept at speaking out of both sides of his mouth and tells the business leaders in Richmond, 'well, I can't vote for the check-off in its current form, but...' and he's told us during the election that he would cherish Virginia's right to work laws.

On Kaine...
"I'm glad I don't have to defend a part-time governor who's making a full-time salary."

Mullins said in an interview that he is proud of his comments and has made them at various stops around the state. "Those are my thoughts,'' he said. "I will continue to say them.

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 this month. Mullins said a party leader can play the role of attack dog where candidates often can't.

Mullins replaced Frederick, who was removed after he made embarrassing political gaffes which included an ill-timed remark comparing Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden. Frederick's remark that both men "had friends who bombed the Pentagon" generated hate mail, national media attention and a public rebuke from Sen. John McCain.

Bill Stanley, leader of the Franklin County Republican Committee, announced last week that he will run against Mullins on May 30 at the state convention. He declined to comment today.

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

By Anita Kumar  |  May 13, 2009; 12:44 PM ET
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Actually, I believe Frederick was quoted as saying that both Osama and Obama "had friends who bombed the Pentagon," not that the two had themselves done so. Regardless of the appropriateness of the remark, it is, of course, technically correct in that the President's friend Bill Ayers bombed the Pentagon as part of the Weather Underground.

Posted by: stevenalbertson | May 13, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

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