Archive for June, 2008

Buy James Rosen’s Book

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

If you read today’s Yeas & Nays column in the DC Examiner, you might have seen this item:

It’s always Martha, Martha, Martha …

Leave it to Washington never to get over some good ol’ fashioned mud-slinging. …

Former Nixon official (and current Deputy National Finance Chairman for the John McCain campaign) Fred Malek and his wife, Marlene, held a book party for Fox News correspondent James Rosen on Friday night at Malek’s McLean home overlooking the Potomac.

Rosen’s new book is “The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate” (Mitchell was the U.S. attorney general during the Nixon administration and was convicted of illegal activities in 1975 for his role in the Watergate scandal).

During Rosen’s remarks, Deborah Gore Dean (a former Housing and Urban Development employee during the Reagan years who now runs Gore Dean Antiques in Georgetown) gave Rosen a tobacco pipe that Mitchell smoked just before he passed away. Gore Dean’s mother, Mary Gore Dean, was a close companion of Mitchell’s (there is plenty of speculation that it was more than that …) and Deborah remained close to John.

But after giving Rosen the pipe, she had to try to get Rosen to pipe down during his comments when they started to drift toward the topic of Martha Mitchell, John’s colorful wife whom Rosen called “[Mitchell’s] volatile, slightly crazy wife” during a recent interview with C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb.

Martha is not always portrayed favorably in the book (she was known in many circles as “the mouth of the South”), so Gore Dean did her best to encourage Rosen not to speak ill of the departed (Martha died in 1976), although he returned to the topic a few times.

“Sssh … ” Gore Dean implored of Rosen, a subtle suggestion that he eventually took to heart, moving on to lighter topics.

Marlene and I were thrilled to host the book party. Glad the event made news – even if it was based on a pipe.

James Rosen is a rare combination of historian, scholar, and excellent articulator, as demonstrated in his role as White House correspondent for Fox. He has written in the Fox tradition, a fair and balanced book that is a wonderful read for anyone who loves politics and history.

Feel free to buy many copies of it.

James Rosen John Mitchell

Plea For Unity

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Yesterday I submitted my resignation as Finance Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve over the past 18 months under two good friends, former Chairs Ed Gillespie and John Hager. I have great admiration for both of these men, and they served the Republican Party and the Commonwealth of Virginia with great distinction.

My letter to Chairman Jeff Frederick stated:

June 2, 2008

Delegate Jeff Frederick
Republican Party of Virginia
115 East Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Dear Jeff:

Congratulations on your election as Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. You campaigned with great vigor and energy, characteristics that will undoubtedly serve you well as leader of our party in Virginia.

With this letter I submit my resignation effective immediately as Finance Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. There are two reasons:

  • First and foremost, I serve as Deputy National Finance Chairman for the McCain campaign. The demands and needs of this position are increasingly significant, and I need to devote more time to ensure that we reach our targeted goals.
  • Secondly, I believe it is important for you to have the opportunity to select your own team, including Finance Chairman.

It has been an honor to serve as Finance Chair of the Republican Party of Virginia for the past year and a half, a period when we doubled the amounts raised over 2006. I wish you great success in your new role, and you can count on my continued support in your noble quest to elect Republicans to national, state and local offices.


Fred Malek

I learned a lot about my wonderful state over these 18 months and made a host of new friends, people who are dedicated, competent, and a pleasure to know. As I devote my time to the McCain campaign, this knowledge and these people will be helpful.

I also had a very nice conversation with Jeff Frederick yesterday, was impressed with his approach, and will be supportive of his efforts. It is essential for our party to remain united to be successful in our pivotal races this year and next. Jeff has great energy and determination, and I believe he will be successful. It is up to all of us to help make it so.

John McCain is a great candidate and will win Virginia and be our next President, and this will help Jim Gilmore prevail in his Senate bid. We are blessed with a united ticket at the top for 2009 with two of the finest people I know in elective politics, Bob McDonnell and Bill Bolling. I will be doing my part to keep our party united. If we do so, we will be successful.