"If we stand on our principles, we will sit in the seat of power," said the conservative Frederick.Without announcing the vote tabulation, Frederick (shown at left with wife Amy) became the new state party chairman by acclamation at the behest of his opponent, the well-liked current chairman, John Hager, who had served as party chairman for the past ten months.
Without a trace of disappointment, Hager graciously urged the party to come together to elect Republican candidates, and defeat former Governor Mark Warner in the U.S. Senate race."Mark Warner is a dishonest politician," said Hager who served briefly in Warner's administration following his own term as Lieutenant Governor.
Hager resigned when Warner broke his oft-repeated campaign promise not to raise taxes. Warner then slapped Virginians with the largest tax increase in the history of the Commonwealth.