Howell Endorses Hager

Speaker of the House William J. Howell has sent a letter endorsing John Hager for Chairman of the RPV. I like this paragraph:

National Republican organizations are taking note of RPV’s new progress. Unlike years past, the RNC’s ‘Victory 08’ operation and the McCain Campaign will work ‘hand-in-hand’ with RPV to elect our Party’s presidential, Senate, and House candidates in November. In addition, the national ‘Victory 08’ operation will be headquartered in Virginia.

It’s good news that Hager is in a position to use his experience and nationwide connections to help the party in this presidential election year. We need to keep that experience in place.

The second page of the mailing is a list to date of delegates and state senators who are endorsing Hager.

Delegates: Carrico, Cole, Cosgrove, Crockett-Stark, Fralin, Hamilton, Hargrove, Howell, Ingram, C. Jones, Kilgore, Loupassi, Massie, May, Morgan, Nutter, O’Bannon, Oder, Peace, Purkey, Saxman, E. Scott, Sherwood, Tata, L. Ware, Wright

Senators: Blevins, Hanger, Martin, Norment, Quayle, Ruff, Smith, Stolle, Stosch, Stuart, Vogel, Wagner, Wampler, Watkins

If you haven’t heard Bearing Drift’s podcast interview with John Hager, it’s here. (Link is to the MP3 file).

  • Joseph Wilson

    Speaker Howell actually sent this letter to Amy Frederick (of all people). She responded today:

    Amy N. Frederick

    An Open Letter To William Howell, Speaker Of The Virginia House Of Delegates

    Dear Mr. Speaker:
    I received your letter this morning. To say that I was shocked would be an understatement.

    It takes some nerve for you to write me to outline all the reasons my husband should not be Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV). Worse, your letter to me was apparently timed to arrive the same day RPV (the organization our opponent currently oversees) leaked misleading documents intended to attack Jeff’s integrity.

    Can you imagine your reaction if Jeff sent a letter to your wife Cessie telling her — in light of the House Republican Caucus losing 11 seats to the Democrats since you’ve become Speaker — that you should not be Speaker any more? That the House GOP has gone from a very healthy governing majority to now a slim 3 seat majority under your leadership and therefore you’re not best qualified to be Speaker?

    Then, on the same day after such a letter, you were attacked for standing on the podium at the 1993 Virginia Republican Convention to ask Republicans to defeat a pro-life nominee for Lt. Governor with a pro-choice alternative?

    I believe you’d demand an apology from Jeff immediately — and while I can’t demand anything, I do believe you owe me an apology.

    I realize Jeff is a young go-getter, and that rubs the old guard the wrong way. Yet, just because you’ve known Jeff’s opponent for over 20 years, as you stated in your letter, doesn’t excuse this sort of conduct.

    I do find one of your statements rather curious:

    “As the Speaker of the House of Delegates, I’ve stood firm for our conservative values and John Hager has stood with me. I’ve known John Hager for two decades, and I’ve always been able to count on him.”

    Was it the time you were advocating the Party go with a pro-choice statewide candidate over a pro-life leader, or more recently when John Hager was working to advance the agenda of Democratic Governor Mark Warner, that you were counting on him?

    True, Jeff was too young to vote two decades ago when you started working with John, but is the old guard really getting things done?

    Republicans came to power on the backs of conservative, grassroots activists, and Jeff is a young leader who has shown he can motivate young voters to join those who have spent years doing the volunteer work necessary to elect conservatives.

    Jeff is not going to march more in line with the establishment to earn their support; no thanks. It is amazing to me that the old guard has betrayed grassroots conservatives on so many issues, yet still feels it can dictate to the grassroots who they need to select as their Party leaders.

    As you recall, John Hager lost his 1992 bid for RPV Chairman running as a moderate. Then the Party was able to get back to its conservative principles on life, taxes and the 2nd Amendment and the result was us winning control of both houses of the General Assembly and sweeping all statewide offices.

    On May 31, I believe the Republicans who attend the convention will vote to get back to winning elections and governing as conservatives — and will defy you and the rest of the old guard to elect Jeff Frederick as RPV Chairman.

    Amy Frederick

    P.S. Please take “Mrs. Amy Frederick” out of your contacts, and please don’t send me anything further in the future about my husband.

  • WOW!

  • res ipsa

    Amy’s letter says all you need to know about Howell, the guy that was still praising the abuser fees a week before the elections last november, way to have your ear to the ground, Bill!

    Frederick has endorsements too, you’ll notice in comparison to Hager’s – which group cruises to elections and could care less about RPV, and which group has to fight and work to keep their seats? And I can say there are several Delegates who were quite surprised to find out they were on a letter for Hager/Howell… please call the Hager campaign and ask to see the list of signatures.

    Victory ’08 located in VA — big deal, they moved across the water into Nova. Don’t McCain and all the consultants live in VA anyway? So that’s paid dividends… There’s nothing new in Bill’s letter, whatever coordination there is between the national and state party will be much stronger under Frederick, as the state party will be much stronger under him.

    Yes, Hager will “rebuild” the grassroots, and Pauley Shore will reinvent comedy. Can someone please tell me after 10 months in office there is still no active unit in Isle of Wight, a top 40 GOP county in the state?

  • edsbowlingshoe

    I really doesn’t matter who leads the RPV: they’re going to get destroyed in the election, and the younger generation identifies almost two to one as Democrats. The conservative values that Hager speaks of so fondly and the hardcore conservative ethos that Mrs. Frederick blathers on about are just the ideals that folks like myself reject.

    This is much ado about nothing – Republican dominance in Virginia is dead, no matter who is running the show.

  • Cathy McDermott

    As a new resident to Virginia from California I am appalled at the governing body of Virginia. To echo Amy Frederick’s comments, it’s time for the old guard to move on and let someone that has vision and a new approach to the government of Virginia TO TAKE OVER. I am very disturbed that Bill Howell and his band of committee members has not gotten the fact that over 75% of the population wants a SMOKE FREE VIRGINIA. And yet he and his committee take less than two minutes to shoot down bill after bill to ban smoking in restaurants. What is wrong with these people? How can YOU allow Bill Howell to make decisions on your health and well being? If you want a SMOKE FREE VIRGINIA start putting pressure on your delegates in the House. Remember they are up for re-election this year. One way to change things is to VOTE THEM OUT!!!!

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