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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
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.

John McCain And Virginia

Friday, November 30th, 2007

I have a piece in today’s Washington Times about John McCain and keeping Virginia Republican.  Please take a look.  Here’s the link — and here’s the full article:

McCain and Virginia

November 30, 2007

By Frederic V. Malek

I am doing double duty in politics this year, serving as both co-chairman of the McCain campaign for president and as finance chairman for the Republican Party of Virginia. Officially, a state finance chair is supposed to remain neutral in primaries. But in this case, I committed to John McCain before accepting Ed Gillespie’s request to be state finance chair. I am glad I did and now see a nexus between the two.

That 2008 will be a tough battle for Republicans will not come as news to anyone. In Virginia, we Republicans have suffered three consecutive statewide losses (governor, governor and senator), and earlier this month lost our majority in the state Senate.

Furthermore, we face a popular former governor, Mark Warner, in the 2008 Senate race. Most of the margin for Democrats has come from Northern Virginia, and The Washington Post in fact has already endorsed Mr. Warner, declaring in Sunday’s editorial that the leading announced Republican candidate, former Gov. Jim Gilmore, was confrontational and irresponsible. In fact, Mr. Gilmore was a tax cutter who controlled spending and was an outstanding governor. He also helped carry the state for President Bush. Nevertheless, The Post editorial underscores the challenge we face in both the senatorial and presidential race.

We will easily keep the Commonwealth of Virginia in the red column in 2008 with a strong presidential candidate with unchanged and unshakable conservative principles and the proven national security experience to lead our nation in time of war and peril. Mr. McCain is the only candidate who meets these criteria, and this is why I enthusiastically support him. He can win in Virginia, and his lead will help our Senate candidate win as well. Both races will be helped by the two outstanding leaders who occupy the other two top statewide offices, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Bob McDonnell.

Why Mr. McCain, and why can he win, especially in Virginia? There are four core reasons: Principles, consistency, character and national security. Let’s briefly review each of these:

Principles: You may or may not agree with Mr. McCain on all of his positions, but one thing you can be sure of is that he will always be guided by his core beliefs and not by polls. Isn’t this the definition of leadership, and isn’t this what America needs in a leader?

Consistency: There is only one candidate in either party who has demonstrated consistency in his beliefs over time — who knows clearly who he is and what he stands for. The consistency in core beliefs extends from his defense of an unpopular “surge” strategy in Iraq (which now seems to be working) to social issues such as the right to life. He hasn’t changed his views to comply with voter preference — he has led voters toward his views.

Character: At my alma mater, West Point, we had a clause in the cadet motto that extolled “the courage to choose the harder right vs. the easier wrong.” Make the right choice no matter what the personal or political price might be. It encompasses principle and consistency, but is the embodiment of character. No one in recent history has demonstrated this more vividly than Mr. McCain. Most of us are aware of his refusal to be released after 3 years of torture and deprivation in a Viet Cong hell hole, unless his men and colleagues accompanied him. Who among us could show such courage? Such honor? He has continued these choices throughout his career and taking on the administration’s conduct of the Iraq war early on (supporting more troops and different tactics), forcing the administration to tighten its standards on torture prevention (who could know more about this or speak with more moral authority), and recently supporting the vastly politically unpopular but successful surge in troops.

National security: Mr. McCain has been immersed in national security his entire life and has shown leadership and skill at every turn. This extends from his time leading a Navy fighter squadron and his leadership of a group of prisoners of war, to his twenty years in the United States Senate where he has been a rigorous, consistent and effective voice on defending our country. He knows his stuff — he doesn’t need on the job training. And he has the right staff to make those truly hard decisions under duress that strike the right balance between national defense, moral authority, and respect for others.

These are the reasons I support Mr. McCain. They are also the reasons why Mr. McCain can carry the Commonwealth of Virginia and lead our Senate and congressional candidates to victory. A principled, consistent, experienced man of proven high character in a state that since the birth of the Republic has itself exemplified these characteristics.

Frederic V. Malek is a graduate of West Point and the Harvard Business School, and served in Vietnam. He also serves on a number of charitable and educational Boards.

 

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The Future of the Republican Party of Virginia

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

A few months ago, I accepted the post of Finance Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. I’d like to share a little bit about why I accepted that position, and the Fred Malek Blog gives me a good opportunity to do so.

I believe very strongly in the importance of the Republican Party of Virginia, because I believe that Virginia is a crucial state for Republican Presidential candidates. If Republicans cannot win Virginia, then we cannot win the Presidency. To keep Virginia in the (political) Red, we absolutely have to rebuild our Party here in Virginia in order to give it the structure and leadership it needs to make our case to the people of the Commonwealth.

While then-RPV Chairman Ed Gillespie initially persuaded me to take this role, the people I have watched since then have only strengthened my resolve and my enthusiasm. The competence and dedication of other leaders in our Party has been impressive – from Lt. Gov Bill Bolling and Attorney General Bob McDonnell, to the members of the Central Committee and the District Chairs, to my Finance Co-Chair Lisa Gable and the many others who have stepped forward to help.

While Ed Gillespie’s resignation to become Counselor to the President seemed like a loss, I now believe we are in best shape ever due to the impressive leadership of the aforementioned people, and two other important people:

  • Former Lt. Gov. John Hager, who was elected RPV Chair, is a dedicated public servant. He resigned his position as Assistant Secretary of Education to take on the RPV Chair position where he will work full time without pay. That kind of dedication, combined with his leadership and competence will show great results for the RPV.
  • Charlie Judd is an exceptional Executive Director, with the experience, judgment, and staff to run one of the finest state political organizations in the country.

So where do we go with this tremendous team?

  1. Our first priority is this Fall’s State Assembly and Senate races, where Democrats are making a full on assault to achieve majority in one or both of these chambers.
  2. This must be followed by attention to Congressional, Senate, and Presidential races in 2008.

This team, led by John Hager, has the ability to make the Party of Lincoln the majority party in Virginia for years to come. I’m excited to be a part of this, and excited to keep Virginia in the Republican column for a long, long time.