The 4.4. RPV free-for-all is upon us, the chairmanship of Jeff Frederick is in the balance, and the RPV will soon show us if we need a new definition for April Fool.
I am not a voter in the matter of whether to remove the chairman. If I were, I would vote to remove.
Some are framing this contest as an attempt to overturn the will of the “grassroots”. Others say it is unfair to remove him after less than a year in office. Still others say it is the “moderates” trying to bulldoze the “conservatives”.
Pollycock and piffle.
Chairman Jeff has failed by the definition he set when elected. Frederick won election in part because he blamed John Hager for the loss of the Virginia Senate to the Democrats in 2007. Under Frederick’s leadership, Virginia went Democrat in a presidential election for the first time since 1964, we lost three GOP held seats and the US Senate seat. If Hager did not deserve a full term, then by the measure he proposed Frederick should be stepping down-and of his own volition.
His leadership has been tone deaf. Frederick left the country during a critical portion of the Fall 2008 election, and saw no reason he should have stayed. Chairman Jeff fired off one of the great howlers with his wretched joke linking Osama Bin Laden and Barack Obama. It is reported he ran credit card donations to RPV through his company-and took a fee for doing so. At the December Advance he attempted to slip through a budget that would pay for legal services-work that typically has been done pro bono. His premature Twittering about a John Miller switch in the state Senate may have given the Dems the heads-up to head off the move.
Taken singly, none of these items is fatal. Taken as a body of work, it shows that Chairman Jeff is not the right person to lead the Va GOP in the 2009 elections.
It is an unfortunate mark of his career that Chairman Jeff works best when he can run against something. He won his HOD seat by defeating veteran GOP delegate Jack Rollison in a primary. The primary issue-Rollison supported the transportation referendum in 2002. Frederick did not then and has not since offered his own vision of how to address the issue…he ran against something, and won. He did the same with John Hager, capitalizing on unhappiness with the status quo to win the chairmanship. Since then, nothing.
Perhaps the real measure in defining Chairman Frederick was the time he left the House chamber to avoid voting on key aspects of the controversial House transportation bill in 2007…and yet he now claims he is the candidate of conscience who reflects the true conservative beliefs of the grassroots? Apparently in Chairman Jeff world conscience is not a strong belief one will not be tempted from. No, in Chairman Jeff world conscience is apparently similar to a mood ring that changes color based on what is best for Chairman Jeff.
I confess I do get a chuckle from those who say that since Frederick was elected at a convention, the RPV SCC should not attempt to remove him from office. This makes me chuckle. The Jeffistas apparently think the party plan is good when it benefits Jeff, and bad when it doesn’t. I do love that consistency in logic.
Jeff Frederick has clearly shown he is in over his head, and if it were a different election coming up I might not be as eager for him to go. However, 2009 elects the governor who will be in office during redistricting. As someone who remembers the hack job the dems did after the 1980 and 1990 census-and were aided and abetted by having a Democrat in the governor’s chair-I can tell you it is critical to win in 2009…and Jeff has proven he ain’t the guy to get-r-done.
Some have said AG McDonnell was wrong to get involved in the fight. I suggest that the fact that McDonnell was willing to get into the fight despite all the good reasons not to shows just how bad a job Chairman Jeff has done.
Jeff Frederick was elected RPV chair by espousing a standard of competence. However…
He has failed to show competence via electoral success
He has failed to show competence via building the party
He has failed to show competence via demonstration of an ability to build the relationships needed to lead in any successful organization.
He has failed to show competence via his continued gaffe’s in office.
Jeff Frederick has failed to meet his own standard.
It is time for him to go.