Okay, I supported Hager, and when the efforts to bring effective leadership back to RPV were announced a few months ago, I supported that, too. But I haven’t taken an “in your face” attitude towards it, so hopefully all parties, even those that disagree, can come together and discuss this without tearing the party apart any further.
First, let’s take a few things off the table. The petition with a list of ten grievances: both sides present their case and give a biased account, and as soon as it was made public I knew it wouldn’t change anyone’s mind. The pro-Frederick crowd would just circle the wagons and believe their side was telling the truth.
Second, previous election results. I believe that the combination of bad candidates (Kilgore, Gilmore), strong Democrats (Warner, Obama), and a terrible political environment (caused by opposition to George Bush) is a thousand times more responsible for our electoral defeats than whoever the RPV Chairman is or was.
So the question for Frederick’s supporters is this: what “victory” scenario do you imagine will come out of the vote this weekend? Let’s say a few of the 57 defect, and only 70% of the SCC votes to remove Frederick. Can he really turn around and say that’s a victory?
What’s the next step after that? More than two-thirds of State Central (which is also popularly elected from the “grassroots”) has voted “no confidence” in Frederick, the standard-bearer for our Party, Bob McDonnell, says we need more effective leadership, and the entire Congressional delegation, as well as the Speaker of the House of Delegates, say he should step aside. Given that amount of opposition, how can anyone expect him to be an effective leader going forward?
And if he can’t be an effective leader going forward, then what do we gain by keeping Jeff Frederick as our Chairman?