Frederick stepping down, touting wife for his job
Del. Jeff Frederick, the relatively new chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia is following through on his promise to step down from his seat in the House of Delegates to concentrate on running the party full time. In an e-mail to supporters last night Frederick announced his plans to resign from his seat and at the same time asked for help to convince his wife, Amy to run for the post.
Frederick’s tenure at the helm of the RPV has been a little rocky. In addition to a decisive loss on election day (something that can’t really be left at his feet, because he took over just a few weeks before the vote), he has ruffled some feathers with party big wigs and got himself into a bit of a social networking controversy. However, despite a few missteps, Frederick has helped Bob McDonnell’s campaign for Governor get off to a fast start and he oversaw near upsets in two local elections in Northern Virginia Democratic strongholds.
There is no doubt that 2009 will be a decisive year for the young chairman. If he can’t help Republicans recapture the Governor’s Mansion and hold on to at least one of the two other statewide posts, his tenure could be short.