House leadership (except Griffith) call for Frederick’s dismissal
The Associated Press is reporting tonight that three of the top four Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates are asking the GOP executive committee to remove Jeff Frederick as RPV chairman. Speaker William J. Howell, House Majority Whip M. Kirkland Cox and Samuel Nixon, chairman of the House’s Republican Caucus, have signed a letter asking the embattled chairman be removed from his post.
But Frederick is still clinging to the support of the outspoken majority leader Morgan Griffith who did not sign the letter. Frederick has said he has the votes to survive a vote of the executive committee, which is scheduled for April 4th.
For the record, Frederick has now lost the support of the majority of leadership in both houses of the General Assembly, the party’s nominee for Governor and the Commonwealth’s entire Republican Congressional delegation.
Here is Bob Lewis’ dispatch on this latest development.
Some House GOP leaders call for Frederick’s ouster
By BOB LEWIS
AP Political Writer
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates and two other senior House Republicans joined the call to remove state Republican Party chairman Jeff Frederick.
Speaker William J. Howell, House Majority Whip M. Kirkland Cox and Samuel Nixon, chairman of the House’s Republican Caucus, signed a letter Friday supporting the ouster.
In the letter addressed to members of the state party’s central committee, the three expressed “serious reservations” about how the party would rebound from devastating election losses with Frederick at the helm.
The second-ranking House Republican, Majority Leader Morgan Griffith, did not sign the letter. Griffith supports Frederick’s bid to retain his post.
The central committee votes on Frederick’s ouster April 4.
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