Va. Repubs to Chairman: You’re Out

Frederick resisted repeated public requests for resignation

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Lynn Mitchell

Virginia Republicans gave party chairman Jeffrey M. Frederick the boot Saturday night after a troubled 10-month tenure capped by devastating losses in last year's elections.

After repeatedly resisting public requests for his resignation, the governing body of the Virginia GOP voted 57-18 to remove Frederick as chairman. 

It wasn't just "the old guys saying, 'We're mad we lost, let's get a new chairman,'" Del. John A. Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake) told InsideNova.  "“The people that wanted us to keep Jeff most were the Democrats. It seemed like every time we turned around, Jeff was saying something inappropriate.”

Party leaders also claimed Frederick mishandled party finances and showed a lack of cooperation with the campaign of GOP Sen. John McCain’s presidential bid in the commonwealth. 

Virginia GOP vice chairman Mike Thomas, a leader of the movement to oust Frederick, takes over as interim party chairman. He's served in that role three times since 2003. 
 

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