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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Delegate Frederick responds to his ousting

Although we've been an outspoken critic of Jeff Fredrick on this blog, I think fair is fair (as we did with his response to the charges leveled against him) and have posted his repsonse to the vote to oust him as Chair of the RPV.

Dear Fellow Virginia Republican:

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, fifty-seven members of the State Central Committee voted on Saturday to remove me as Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. Their decision effectively overturned the result of the thousands of Republican grassroots activists and volunteers who elected me at the 2008 Virginia Republican Convention.

The difference in the outcome hinged on a favorable proxy vote for me, who was disqualified by the Committee. Had this gentleman – an active Republican who drove all the way from Bath County to attend this meeting – been allowed to cast his vote, I would be Chairman today.

As I told the press corps after the vote, I’m certainly disappointed, yet I remain optimistic.

I ran for Chairman with the hope of changing our Party so we could once again be the majority party in Virginia, achieving real progress for our Commonwealth and our families while remaining true to our principles and values.

Unfortunately, the headwinds against changing course were just too great. Too many are still invested in doing things the old way, giving direction from the top-down instead of building and growing from the bottom-up. When I sought the chairmanship, I promised to put our Party firmly back in your hands – the grassroots of our Party. Of course, that didn’t sit well with long-time Party insiders. Instead of concerning themselves with electing Republicans, they – from the moment my victory was declared last May – focused their efforts on replacing me with someone who would “play ball” with them.

I am disappointed for our Party and our grassroots, since the very same people who have presided over our Party’s decline in Virginia are now back in charge.

Yet, I will not be deterred. I have always said that I am not in this business for me. Philosophically, I fight these fights to further the principles you and I share. Practically, I engage to do all I can to ensure that my daughters have a chance to grow up in the wonderful Virginia in which I had the privilege of growing up.

Amy and I have some decisions to make. Over the next several days, we will be talking amongst ourselves and with close friends, and praying about our next steps. We will fill you in as soon as we make those decisions.

Until then, I want to give my most sincere and heartfelt thanks to those of you who stood by me through these challenging and trying times. It is times like these when you truly learn who your friends are, and I’m humbled by the outpouring of support we have received from every corner of Virginia. You are true friends, and I will never forget all that you sacrificed on behalf of our Party and our principles.

Notwithstanding whatever course we take from here, know that our friendships will endure, and please don’t ever hesitate to let me know how I can repay even just a small measure of the abundant support you all have shown Amy and me.

Our movement to revitalize Republican conservatism in Virginia is far from over. We will be in touch soon.

God Bless,

Jeff Frederick




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Authorized & Paid for by Virginia's Future PAC

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This letter is a good example of how Jeff just doesn't get it.

His letter says

"The difference in the outcome hinged on a favorable proxy vote for me, who was disqualified by the Committee. Had this gentleman – an active Republican who drove all the way from Bath County to attend this meeting – been allowed to cast his vote, I would be Chairman today."

First of all, even if the person from Bath, who was not a qualified replacement for the proxy, had voted and voted for Jeff, the vote would have been 75% -25% and he would still have been gone. This one delegate would NOT have made any difference.

The other thing Jeff does not say is that there was plenty of time for someone who was qualified to come and properly cast the proxy to get to the meeting. The person involved was contacted and for whatever reason did not choose to send a proper proxy. Maybe they just didn't want to.

Lee Talley said...

Its never him. He's doesn't have the first tenant of being a Republican or even a Libertarian. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!

Anonymous said...

I heard that Patrick Muldoon's campaign staff are actively campaigning for Jeff to return.

Does anybody else find it a bit hypocritical that they're now boosting a man who took money from Barr Labs at the same time they're trying to whack Bill Bolling for doing the same?

Loudoun Insider said...

Hypocrisy is par for the course for these idiots.