Now that I’ve got your attention….so that’s not a news headline, but it’s my suspicion.
For weeks now, I’ve wondered why Jeff Frederick was running for RPV Chairman. It’s an unpaid position that has not exactly been kind to previous holders. He’s already a member of the House of Delegates. Why not just use that platform to increase your prominence within the party?
But now I get it.
I did not receive the email from Amy Frederick that Zak referenced in his recent post, but I did receive the letter from Speaker Howell. The same letter Amy received.
This letter was obviously sent to those signed up as Delegates to the Convention. My envelope was addressed to Brandon Bell, just as I signed up at my local Mass Meeting—not the Honorable J. Brandon Bell as RPV correspondence is normally addressed. Again, this is just a Delegate list. Whoever coordinated the mailing likely didn’t know who Amy Frederick was. They must have removed Jeff’s name but not Amy’s.
The letter itself is not personalized. It’s addressed to “Dear Fellow Republican”. And not only does the letter mention Jeff just once, Howell speaks of him in a positive light. Quoting Speaker Howell, “While Jeff Frederick is a fine Delegate, I believe that John Hager’s leadership is best for our Party at this important time.” Not exactly the attack on Jeff that Amy claims.
Now back to my original headline--Jeff Frederick is not planning to run for re-election to the House. Why am I so sure? No Delegate who wants a future in the House would ever speak out against the Speaker in such a reckless way. Yes, I know it’s his wife, but we all know she didn’t write it. It’s just like Jeff said it. Jeff is in a tough district that will only get tougher, plus there’s that whole redistricting thing. He might be able to hang on for another election or two, but I think Jeff sees the writing on the wall. And RPV Chairman gives him the perfect out.