Conservative Franklin Lawyer to Seek GOP Chair

May 6, 2009

(AP) - Bill Stanley, a conservative lawyer from Franklin County, is running for chairman of the state Republican Party at its convention later this month.

In announcing his candidacy Wednesday, the attorney who represented former chairman Jeff Frederick at his ouster proceeding
last month repeated many of Frederick's themes.

He said in a three-page statement that the party must be driven by its conservative "grassroots," and it "must not permit the judgment of the few to instruct or override the will of the many."

He said the chairman "must be elected, not anointed."

That's similar to what an angry Frederick said after the party's
governing central committee voted 57-18 on April 4 to remove him.

Last weekend, the committee elected longtime Fairfax and Loudoun
GOP activist Pat Mullins as interim chairman. Convention delegates
will choose between him and Stanley on May 30.

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