Mullins tapped as RPV Chair- Frederick reappears on Twitter
The State Central Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia has selected current Louisa County Republican Chairman Pat Mullins as chairman of the state party. Mullins will keep watch over the party until the entire state committee gets the chance to pick a new chair at the end of the month. Mullins is a longtime party insider and at one time served as the Chairman of the Fairfax County GOP before moving Louisa County.
While Mullins could be a candidate to take over the job full time, his election today does not spell the end of Jeff Frederick‘s tenure at the RPV. Frederick who has, for the most part, been quiet since being removed from the post, began posting again on his twitter page. Yes- that same twitter page that was among the many problems that contributed to his demise at the top of the party.
No one seems to sure as to what Frederick’s next move will be. Despite his problems he still enjoys the support of a rabid group of generally conservative Republican members who are no doubt encouraging him to not give up. That support could lead to Frederick submitting his name for election once again as RPV Chair. He could also run again for his seat in the House of Delegates. (His wife Amy announced earlier this week that she will not run for the position).
While few expect Frederick to go away quietly perhaps this post on his twitter feed from today, may lend some insight as to what his next move may be.
@JeffFrederick–VAGOP SCC selected new chair; bad move since appt only valid 4 27 days. An attempt to instruct the Convention delegates, once again showing disdain 4 grassroots.
Frederick’s tweet then led to a lively discussion on Facebook, that was compiled by Bearing Drift.
And who says Republicans don’t “do” social media? This fight is far from over.
Meanwhile, Bob McDonnell, the party’s candidate for Governor (who may be suffering the most from this controversy) released a statement on the Mullins appointment. You can read it, in its entirety after the jump..
Statement of Bob McDonnell on Election of Pat Mullins as Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia
(Winchester)- Bob McDonnell, Republican gubernatorial candidate and former Attorney General of Virginia, issued the following statement today regarding the election of Pat Mullins as Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia.
“I commend the members of the State Central Committee for the professional manner in which they have handled the transition of leadership within our Party. Today’s election of Pat Mullins provides our Party with a dedicated, conscientious conservative leader who comes from the grassroots of our Party, and who knows what it takes to win in a competitive state. Pat has exceptionally led the Fairfax County and Louisa County Republican committees with skill and good results. He is committed to bringing in new voters to the Republican Party by demonstrating how our conservative principles lead to the common sense solutions that will create new jobs, provide more opportunities and make this a better Virginia for all our citizens. I am confident he will unite the business and activist base in our party, bring in independent voters, and help us win in November. I look forward to working with Pat Mullins and our grassroots Republican leaders during this pivotal election year.”