Frederick removed as Republican Party Chair- Thomas in as interim
BREAKING NEWS- Republican party of Virginia Chairman Jeff Frederick has been formally removed from his position after a vote of 57-18 from the party’s executive committee. Three quarters of the executive committee was required to remove Frederick, which was 55 votes. Frederick loses his position by only two votes.
We will have more tonight on NBC12 news at 6. I will also have more updates here and on my twitter feed.
Here is Bob Lewis’ dispatch from the Associated Press with the details:
By BOB LEWIS
AP Political Writer
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Republican Party Chairman Jeff Frederick was ousted Saturday after a troubled 10-month tenure capped by devastating losses in last year’s elections.
The state party’s governing central committee voted 57-18 to remove Frederick after key Virginia Republican elected officials and top party leaders called for him to resign or be fired.
The effort to sack the conservative, often combative and sometimes embarrassing state legislator from Prince William came after 58 members of the central committee signed off on a list of 10 charges against him.
The focus of the allegations was his handling of state party finances. Mike Thomas, a leader of the movement to oust Frederick, takes over as interim party chairman, a role he has served three times since 2003.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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