In the matter of the Jeff Frederick controversy, I think there are some points that need to be examined more closely.
In the three plus months prior to this open debate, I don’t recall a single blog , forum discussion or comment by any “grassroots” RPVNetwork member complaining or questioning Jeff Frederick’s ability or results.
Within hours of the delivery of an SCC confidential correspondence, there seems to have been “leaks” to certain bloggers.
Almost immediately the media began to pick up on it, and there were confirmations and interviews. The reports are of a “grassroots” movement against the Chairman. Funny, how most of the true grassroots, were unaware of it.
Within another day or two there were groups of politicians, very vocally lining up against the chairman, while many more refused to get into the fray.
All the interviews have supported the same mantra, no one has spoken of anything specific or of wrongful nature that Jeff Frederick has done to warrant removal.
It would seem as if the leaks were intentional, to allow the garnering of support during the time Jeff Frederick prepared a response to the allegations.
The letter and authors/signers remains confidential.
There is currently an effort afoot to enlist the support of all the Unit Chairman around the state, to support the removal of Jeff Frederick.
In this year, the comeback year for Virginia Republicans, when the stars seemed to be aligned right, some among us seem to have lost sight of party unity. Instead of building coalitions and nurturing the party back to health while the Democrats duke it out, we yet again embarrass ourselves before the entire world.
For some reason, I can’t shake the feeling that, somehow, this is a centrally orchestrated coup d’etat by party leaders. I cannot believe that if it were a grassroots effort that it could have been so organized and that no word of it would have somehow leaked out on the RPVNetwork.
What do I think? I think this is breaking down along the lines of the “óld guard” party elite not recognizing the will of the grassroots, either in their desire for the change in leadership, evidenced by their vote at the last convention or their desire for a more conservative message and principles by the party and officials. You might say it is ideological, the moderates against the conservatives. Remember the heyday of the party? They were conservatives.
Look closely, wait for a response from the Chairman, then you be the judge.