Tomorrow the Central Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia is meeting to decide whether or not to fire its Chairman, Del. Jeff Frederick. You can listen in to live coverage from the Bearing Drift blog beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET.
From nearly all reports, tomorrow’s meeting is kabuki theater: most expect Frederick to be dismissed but he could keep his post if he musters 20 votes out of the 77 members of the committee. Here’s a quick rundown on what Virginia’s news outlets have to say about tomorrow and what I call the stories’ “money quotes”.
Washington Post: After Shooting to Prominence, Va. GOP Chairman Fights to Keep Job
[Frederick’s] rigid and vocal views on social issues have turned off independents. But Mike Wade, a member of the central committee who wants to sack Frederick, said the issue is less about ideology. Wade said Frederick is arrogant, abrasive and vengeful. “He’s intolerant of everyone.”
WVIR-NBC29 (Charlottesville): Will Va. GOP Party Vote to Oust Chairman
All of the sudden, they’re back in this sort of situation where they’re involved in, you know, eating each other again,” said veteran political analyst Bob Holsworth, who runs VirginiaTomorrow.com, of the party in-fighting.
Richmond Times-Dispatch: Va. GOP’s Frederick signals he’ll fight on if ousted Saturday
“It looks great,” he [Frederick] said in a brief phone interview. “We’ve got the votes, if everyone does what they’re supposed to do.”
Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk): State GOP chairman faces crucial party showdown
Frederick acknowledged “hiccups” on his watch but expressed optimism about the future of the party.
If you ask me, the fat lady is singing.
But if for some reason, Frederick musters the 20 votes needed to keep his job, one has to question the impact on GOP Gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell. After all, if McDonnell can’t win the ouster of Frederick, something he has publicly called for, how can he expect to win in the fall, much less govern the state?