Is this the end for Jeff Frederick, the colorful (and bungling) Virginia Republican Party chairman? NBC reports that state GOPers are mobilizing to try to fire him at the next state committee meeting, due to the various misfortunes the state GOP has suffered over the last year.
It will be tough, though, as the rules require a three-quarters vote to oust a chairman in midstream. However, they do appear to have some momentum, as the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the move has been essentially endorsed by the de facto Republican nominee for governor this year.
Frederick is perhaps best known now for Twittering an announcement that a Democratic state Senator was about to switch parties and give the GOP control — a misstep that was blamed by some for derailing the whole scheme, though the claim of any deal has been denied by the Dem legislator in question.
But Frederick’s also done a lot more than that, too. Back in October, he famously compared Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden, while briefing campaign volunteers on the talking points they could employ while going door to door.
It didn’t help, apparently: Not only did Barack Obama carry Virginia — the first Democrat to do so since the 1964 LBJ landslide — but Dems also knocked off two incumbent House Republicans and picked up another open seat, and gained a Senate seat in a landslide.