Archive for May 4th, 2009
Jeff Frederick just sent an e-mail to his supporters, (headlined by the logo above) announcing his decision that he will not be among a group of candidates seeking the chairmanship of the Republican Party of Virginia. The news finally brings his brief and tumultuous tenure as the party leader to a close.
In addition to his decision to not seek the party chairmanship, Frederick also announced that he will not be seeking any public office in the near future. That includes his seat in the House of Delegates. Frederick stepped away from the seat as part of a pledge he made in his campaign for the party chairmanship. At one point his wife Amy was exploring the possibility of running, but backed out last week. Frederick probably missed an opportunity to run for the position anyway when he missed the filing deadline to run in a primary (although there are rumors that he was exploring what options were available to him).
While the announcement officially takes Frederick out of the mix as a candidate and statewide political leader, it is by no means the end of his career. The brash former chairman is still very young and enjoys the support of many within the Republican Party. It is no secret that many party leaders were scared to death that he had the potential to mobilize the support necessary to pull off winning the chairmanship again at the upcoming Republican convention.
In the e-mail, Frederick encourages his supporters to not back the appointed candidate of the State Central Committee (who he never mentions by name), Pat Mullins. He also pledges that his “break” from public life will not be a “long sabbatical”.
Rest assured, this is not the last time we will hear from Jeff Frederick.