With the news that six GOP Senators are now calling for RPV chairman Jeff Frederick to step aside, one wonders just how much of a chance he has of remaining in place:
“An overwhelming majority of our caucus has expressed grave concern over the state of affairs at the Republican Party of Virginia in recent months and has lost confidence in Del. Frederick’s leadership,” the senators wrote last week in a letter to Michael E. Thomas, vice chairman of the party.
And who signed?
The senators’ letter was signed by Sens. Thomas K. Norment Jr. of James City County, the Senate Republican leader; Stephen D. Newman of Lynchburg, the GOP Caucus chairman; Walter A. Stosch of Henrico County, the Republican leader emeritus; Kenneth W. Stolle of Virginia Beach, the leader pro tempore; and Mark D. Obenshain of Harrisonburg and Frank W. Wagner of Virginia Beach, both whips.
Norment, Stolle and Stosch…their “grave concern” doesn’t surprise me at all. Members of the Senate’s dwindling old guard are always concerned about something and their dislike of Frederick is hardly a secret.
What ought to concern Frederick most is the presence of Steve Newman and Mark Obenshain on the list.
If he’s losing the support of the small band of Senate conservatives, then Frederick may just be done.