At the CCRC meeting last night Delegate Jeff Frederick came to discuss his run as the Chair of the VGOP. Jeff Stated:
I’m optimistic about what we can do together and the opportunities before us – if we’re up to the task of better positioning ourselves for the challenges ahead.
At our core, Republicans are the party of reform, ideas, solutions and common-sense conservatism. But we have diluted our brand. Yet, we’ve also distracted ourselves by too often making our intra-party fights more important than defeating our true opponents.
Our ideas and solutions mean nothing if we don’t win the right to govern with them. Further, winning must stand for something – not simply an effort to accumulate power.
I firmly believe, however, that we can reverse the trends of recent election cycles.
Our state party exists for no other reason but to win elections – by electing Republicans to lead Virginia at the local, state, and federal levels.
Winning again is going to take a lot of hard work, however, and it will be no small task. Efforts in recent years to improve the condition of our party have been helpful, but as we saw just months ago, those efforts may very well have been too little, too late.
In the end, effort is commendable, but results are all that count.
We’re one election away from losing all of our majorities in the General Assembly. If we have another election in 2009 like those in 2007, 2005, or 2003, we will lose control of the House of Delegates, and thus, any control over the redistricting process. Such an event will relegate Virginia Republicans to minority status for years to come. We simply can’t afford any further losses – at any level.