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New Virginia Republican party chairman outlines plan

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By By Tyler Whitley Richmond Times-Dispatch

Two days after winning the Republican Party of Virginia chairmanship, Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick released a 100-day plan designed to revitalize an ailing party.

In an item posted on his Web site yesterday at 5:30 a.m., Frederick described his election to the chairmanship Saturday as "a clear mandate to lead a rebirth of the Republican Party of Virginia."

But hard feelings from Frederick's surprise convention victory over John H. Hager of Richmond surfaced when the party's finance chairman, Fred Malek, resigned.

Malek, a Washington insider, friend of GOP presidents and long-time moneyman in the Republican Party, was appointed to the post in July by Hager after Hager was elected chairman by party elders.

Also, Charles Judd, the party's executive director for the past two years tendered his resignation Saturday so the new chairman could "pick his own team," he said.

Judd said he will stay around for a few days to help with the transition. Judd said Frederick sent three members of his transition team to party headquarters in downtown Richmond yesterday.

Meanwhile, former Gov. Jim Gilmore, nominated as the party's U.S. Senate candidate by a narrow margin Saturday over Del. Robert G. Marshall of Prince William County, plans to launch his campaign formally next Tuesday. He will oppose another former governor, Mark R. Warner, a Democrat who starts off as a strong favorite.

Political consultant M. Boyd Marcus Jr., an adviser to Gilmore, said he expects most of the Marshall supporters to overcome hard feelings and get behind Gilmore.

Bill Kling, a press aide to Marshall, said there was some talk Saturday about getting Marshall to mount an independent candidacy for the Senate, but that was scratched quickly.

Frederick appointed an 11-person transition team and asked job-seekers to send résumés to the Republican Party of Virginia headquarters.

Asked whether he planned to replace current staff members, Frederick said, "We are keeping our options open, but there likely will be staff changes."

Although the vote count was not announced, Frederick said he won about 60 percent of the vote in what was regarded as a rebuke to the GOP's old guard and a call for more aggressive leadership.

Frederick, 32, who has represented a part of Prince William in the House of Delegates for four years, said his 100-day plan will emphasize grass-roots organizing; a greater use of Internet technology; and greater use of Young Republicans, College Republicans and Teen Age Republicans clubs.

Mindful of the importance of retaining a majority in the House of Delegates next year so the GOP can control redistricting, Frederick said he will work with the House Republican Caucus to identify the five most vulnerable House GOP incumbents and the five most vulnerable House Democrats. The party then will focus on those districts, he said.

Contact Tyler Whitley at (804) 649-6780 or twhitley@timesdispatch.com.

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