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Amy Frederick Bows Out

By Greg L | 28 April 2009 | 52nd HOD District | 8 Comments

The race in the 52nd House District just got a little more complex with the announced withdrawal of Amy Frederick from the race.  From the tone of this, it would appear that the Fredericks are positioning themselves more to lead a conservative grassroots revolt within RPV than seek office under it.  While it’s still possible for incumbent Jeff Frederick to run for re-election, thee lack of any reference to him doing so in this email is fascinating.

Here’s the announcement:

Dear Friends:

Since first beginning to explore the possibility of campaigning to represent the people of the 52nd District in the House of Delegates, I have been humbled by the support and encouragement I received from across eastern Prince William county, and indeed, beyond. Having been honored to stand by Jeff’s side for the past six years as he has served, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and get to know many of the people of this district. They have made this job a rewarding experience for both of us, and the lasting friendships will always remain.

Today, it is with mixed emotions that I announce my withdrawal from the race to succeed Jeff in the House of Delegates.

Unfortunately, some in the leadership of the Republican Party have demonstrated a greater interest in playing politics than in advancing our conservative principles and making life better for the families and the citizens of Virginia. I’m not interested in running for office to serve under broken leadership, where the Speaker compromises principle for what he perceives as immediate political gain. What so many entrusted with leadership in our party fail to recognize is that ignoring our core principles in pursuit of titles and power without purpose is exactly the behavior that severely reduced our ranks in the House, handed the Senate to the Democrats, and has resulted in one statewide loss after another.

Although my campaign ends today, it has been a pleasure to travel around the district and introduce myself as a potential candidate to so many wonderful people.

I want to first thank my friends and family for supporting me and encouraging me to run. I also want to thank Kris Morris and my supporters, who have spent hours volunteering on my behalf. To these people, I will remain forever grateful.

I’m excited about the future, and I will be working hard to make sure that people of principle who share Jeff’s and my commitment to service are elected and re-elected this year. I’m confident that in years to come, our party will have new leadership and a new direction, which will bode well for fresh, new ideas — and ultimately, handing our children a better Commonwealth than the one we inherited.

Most sincerely,
Amy Frederick

This will be an interesting race to watch, and the question of who’s going to run as a Republican in this district still hasn’t been settled.

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  1. Not Russ Moulton said on 28 Apr 2009 at 10:26 am:
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    My experience (rather significant, actually) is that most conservative Republican activists recognize that Jeff Frederick was in it mostly if not exclusively for himself: even most that supported him against SCC.

    Jeff and Amy may or may not participate in a conservative effort to reclaim the party … but they will definitely not lead it.

    Though, alas, they may try to in order to (again) promote Jeff.



  2. AWCheney said on 28 Apr 2009 at 10:30 am:
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    “Unfortunately, some in the leadership of the Republican Party have demonstrated a greater interest in playing politics than in advancing our conservative principles and making life better for the families and the citizens of Virginia.”

    Yeah…like Jeff Frederick. If anybody needs a more current example:


  3. Mom said on 28 Apr 2009 at 11:04 am:
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    For once, AWC and I are on the same page.


  4. who are you said on 28 Apr 2009 at 11:34 am:
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    “rules” are great when they work for you but bitter to swallow when you are on the “losing” end.

    We Republicans need to define our goals, if we are only “democrat lite” then we really have no place to go but down. Why support “democrat lite” when you can have the real thing.

    This internal bickering will continue to give the liberals more control and we will continue to strap our children with an intolerable future.

    If we choose to stand for nothing we fall and fail on everything.

    If we don’t want to be republicans and support republican ideals we should follow the lead of Arlen Specter and move to the dark side.

  5. Big Dog said on 28 Apr 2009 at 12:21 pm:
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    FYI - Senator Arlen Spector (Penn.) just switched to
    the Democrats.
    - The Reagan Big Tent may become a pup tent
    if this continues.

  6. Anonymous said on 28 Apr 2009 at 1:14 pm:
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    Actually neither Jeff nor anyone else can run as a Republican in this race unless Lopez withdraws from the race as well. It’s as simple as that. If Lopez wants to stay in then the candidate as been decided.

  7. Tom Jackson said on 29 Apr 2009 at 7:44 pm:
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    Anon is correct.

  8. Harry said on 1 May 2009 at 8:07 pm:
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    Looks like the 52nd goes to Luke Torian.

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