Man, I don’t know how one manages to get communists to rail against you like this, but I wish I knew how. When the far-left rails that Jeff Frederick, who is running for Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia has ties to — gasp — Americans For Prosperity, “All Children Matter” and the Conservative Action PAC, this reads more like an endorsement than a criticism. And the timing here is beyond excellent.
Courtesy of the “Star City Harbinger” in Roanoke, here it is:
This weekend (May 30th), Virginia Republicans will choose new leadership for the Commonwealth’s Grand Old Party. Among the serious contenders for first chair of the VA GOP is Delegate Jeff Frederick (R). Hailed by right-wing bloggers as “the face of the future,” Frederick seems poised to win his Party’s top seat.
While liberal bloggers in Northern Virginia practice their rhetorical gamesmanship tearing their fellow Democrats a proverbial new one, right-wing fringe groups have deftly moved into key leadership positions within Virginia’s Republican Party.
The choice of the young and angry set of the conservative punditocracy, Frederick is also the beneficiary of a veritable truckload of campaign contributions from conservative extremist groups like the overtly obstructionist Americans for Prosperity and the more clandestine but equally insidious school-voucher lobby All Children Matter.
For example, Frederick has taken almost $50, 000 since 2002 from the Dominion Leadership Trust, a group with demonstrably strong financial ties to the radically anti-environmentalist group Americans for Prosperity.
Similarly, since he began his career in the General Assembly five or six years ago, Frederick has taken almost $11, 000 from the VA Conservative Action PAC, another far-right political action committee with financial ties to Koch and Fink’s Americans for Prosperity.
Perhaps Frederick’s most consistently strong relationship with conservative special interest groups is the young Republican’s ties to All Children Matter, a lobbying firm for school choice–a euphemism for school vouchers and the ultimate de-funding of the public school system. Since 2002, Frederick has taken over $50, 000 from Michigan-based All Children Matter.
Virginia Republicans have a choice this weekend, a choice between flashy new leadership with ties to fringe conservative PACs that seek to undermine public education and promote the irresponsible belief that global warming is a hoax and the voices of moderation represented by delegates like William Fralin (R) and state senators like Emmett Hanger (R) embodied in the other choices for chair of the state GOP committee.
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