RICHMOND, March 13 — All five Republicans who represent Virginia in the Congress today called on Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick to resign as chairman of the state party, the latest salvo in a worsening feud that has turned into a major election-year distraction for the GOP.
In the letter, the five congressmen said Frederick needs to be removed immediately to salvage the party’s chances in this year’s governor’s race.
“For the good of the Republican Party of Virginia, we write today asking that you step aside as chairman,” the letter stated. “With November’s election rapidly approaching, it is essential that our party be unified as we work to regain control of the governor’s mansion and retain control of the House Delegates.”
If Frederick continues this fight, it will be yet further proof that he’s putting his own interests ahead of the RPV, and that’s the whole reason that they’re trying to remove him to begin with.
Via Bearing Drift, here’s the text of the letter:
The Honorable JeffFrederick
Chairman, Republican Party ofVirginia
115 E. Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219
For the good of the Republican Party of Virginia we write today asking that you step aside as chairman in light of the recent call from three-fourths of the State Central Committee seeking your resignation. Clearly it is the sentiment of the grassroots membership of the Party to move in another direction.
With November’s elections rapidly approaching, it is essential that our party be unified as we work to regain control of the governor’s mansion and retain control ofthe House of Delegates. No one will benefit from a protracted battle over the leadership of RPV. It is in that spirit that we ask you to step down.
The ball, as they say, is in Jeff Frederick’s court.