June 3rd, 2008
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Plea For Unity

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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
Chairman
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.

Sincerely,

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.

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