A Rebuttal of Klinge’s Letter

The following is an email that has been sent out to many in the Virginia Republican Party. This email has not been altered or abridged in any way.

*Note: The author’s opinions are the sole property of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of or its staff.

Larry Miller of Simple Webz and  So Drill Already! wrote the following:

Republican Friend

Last night I received an email from one J Kenneth Klinge from northern Virginia.  He chooses to blame the new RPV Chairman Jeff Frederick for the losses we experienced a few weeks ago.  I was thoroughly disgusted with his inability to see the big picture and all the events over the preceding years that led up to this situation.  It was an obvious attempt to bring us back to the days when the party was regarded as the personal property of the ruling group.  To some extent it still is as we are still looking at a party organization that is more interested in annointing candidates than conducting conventions where the grassroots actually has input. 

It is important that we work with Jeff and keep the position from falling back into the hands of those who regard the work of those who stand out in the rain on election day and wear out shoes going door to door for the candidates as theirs by right rather than something that is earned by those seeking office.  Of course it may take a little time to rebuild the financial resources as many who contributed in the past may not see their contributions buy the influence it has formerly.

Over the past years, the party apparatus gave us numerous candidates who looked good, smelled good, had nice smiles, had the blessing of the upper echelons of leadership, but failed to get the job done on election day.  To my thinking, this means we really need a change in the party leaders, who meet off by themselves and decide who the little people should support.  They are the ones doing a disservice to the party and the citizens of Virginia… not Jeff Frederick.  

For those satisfied with the leadership that has given us one defeat after another having a firm grip on a minority party, please disregard.  For those who believe in the Republican principles as set forth in the creed and want to see them guide the party, and have the party successful, please forward this to other Virginia Republicans.


Larry Miller

6 Responses

  1. Should we cottle President Obama too, and let him keep the training wheels? NO! Leaders are selected to deliver results and create success. We have options that will unify our party and bring Republican victories to Virginia – Jeff Frederick is not one of those options.

  2. I find it interesting the moderate Republicans, like Democrats always think a uniter looks like them. Conservatives are always expected to cave and do things thier way for “unity”.

    We have been told by “big tent” types that conservatives need to set aside their principles to win elections. We the party has done it for us in many cases, and we have not won.

    What does that tell us? Could it be that the party leaders are taking us in the wrong direction? Which brings me to my original point… a change in party leadership… and Jeff Frederick was a start.

  3. Republicans must STICK to our core principles to win elections. We lose elections not because of our principles, but because our messaging has become divisive. Yes, the current messaging brings core support to the polls, but it is the moderate voter who put us over the top, and they fear the polarizing message that has originated from the Party in recent years.

    Convincing moderates to support our cause does not require that we compromise our foundation; but winning elections does require us to bring them under our wings.

    “We Believe . . .

    That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice,

    That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society,

    That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government,

    That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing constitutional limitations,

    That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense

    That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers, is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.”

    Restore honor and integrity to the our party: remove Chairman Frederick. No chairman is better than Chairman Frederick.

  4. […] Regardless, Frederick and his supporters don’t believe that he should be held to the same standards he spoke of when attacking his predecessor.  Now the argument appears to be populist “us vs. the elites” pablum. […]

  5. Of course Jeff Frederick should be held to the same standards, however his time in office was insufficient to undo the damage done by the ‘big tent’ types who have diluted the Republican message to the point where there is not a discernable difference in the mind of the unwashed masses who see ‘moderate’ Rs kissing up to Ds instead of playing on the same team with the rest of the Rs.

    One of the respondents thinks we should restore honor and integrity to the party by removing Jeff. How much honor and integrity die we have from the many previous statewide defeats. Perhaps you cheered the honor and integrity of former Sen Chichester as he did ads for Mark Warner. Or did you just feel better when the old guard had their firm grip on a minority party.

    We saw the disastrous effects of the budget deal that came out of the Senate a few years ago as it propelled Mark Warner into the spotlight as one who could work with both sides. It wasn’t both sides, just Ds and some Rs who acted like Ds.

    We saw many campaigns run this fall under the ‘big tent’ philosophy and we got our butts kicked. When a football team looses too many games, the coach gets fired. Since Jeff was not around while most of the damage was done, what we need to do is fire the rest of the leadership to get a compatible team… so we can once again be winners.

    With reference to Mr Klinge, it has been reported, but I have been able to confirm yet that he has supported Mark Warner, Dick Saslaw and Janet Howell. Is this the kind of bipartisanship that we want for the Republican Party?

  6. Good points, and I agree with everything you say.
    To fire Jeff, which a lot of rino State C. C. members would love, would be to set a standard to which no one could ever live up, and would guarantee that we will never have anyone with qualities to lead run for for Chairman again, knowing he or she will ridden aout of town on a rail tarred and feahered if they can’t fix the considerable messes left by their establishment predecessors in five months.

    It is a ridiculous assertion on the part of people who have an agenda to push Jeff out after letting Kate Griffin stay through Kilgore’s loss, and Allen’s loss before she politely stepped down.

    And what about Tucker Watkins?
    He is cheerleading the effort to get Jeff, when he himself lost the only congressional campaign Virgil Goode ever lost.
    Not only that, but Virgil has never before gotten less than 59% of the vote, until Tucker destroyed his campaign, pushing aside all the people who he disagrees with to the detriment of the campaign.
    Not only has Jeff not managed any campaigns, as has Tucker, but he has only been on the job as chairman 5 months compared to Tuckers ten years plus.
    I guess that is what happens when you hire a campaign manager who has never been in charge of campaign before.

    Talk about different standards…….

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