I can’t say that I am surprised, but I am delighted to learn that Delegate Jeff Frederick, Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, is fighting back against critics who are seeking his ouster from the RPV chairmanship. It makes this kabuki theater show much more interesting.
Frederick writes that his critics are a “small minority” who seek to turn the RPV, “into a rubber stamp for its long-time insiders.”
In Frederick’s view, these “insiders” are the ones to be blamed for the Republican Party’s losses in Virginia, not him. He writes in part:
For years, the Virginia Republican Party had been run from the “top down”, with consultants and lobbyists providing far more input into the direction of our party than the grassroots. The result? Republicans supporting tax increases in 2004; 11 seats lost just this decade in the House of Delegates; and control of the Virginia Senate now in the hands of Democrats.
OK, that sounds pretty convincing except the “small minority” Frederick refers to isn’t so small. Here is the list of people who want him ousted from the chairmanship with the RPV Central Committee meets on April 4 to consider his future:
- The Va. GOP’s presumptive nominee for Governor, Bob McDonnell;
- The entire GOP Congressional delegation from Virginia: U.S. Reps. Eric Cantor, Frank Wolf, Bob Goodlatte, Rob Wittman and Randy Forbes;
- All 6 GOP members of the Virginia state Senate leadership;
- 3 of 4 members of the GOP leadership of the Virginia House of Delegates; and
- 58 of 77 members of the Central Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia.
That last group is key. Three-fourths of the Central Committee members who gather on April 4 would have to vote for Frederick’s ouster for him to be removed. If all 77 members show up in Richmond on April 4, then there would have to be 58 members voting no.
I suppose there could be some freakish April snowstorm which would keep his opponents from showing up in Richmond on the 4th in sufficient numbers to vote Frederick out, but if you ask me, I’d say that fat lady is warming up.