Back in June, RPV chairman Jeff Frederick named wealthy businessman Walter Curt the party’s finance chair. You’ll remember Curt as the guy who bankrolled the campaign of far-far-right candidate Scott Sayre against incumbent far-right Republican Sen. Emmet Hanger. Curt’s way out there on the fringe of the party, which is just where I like my Virginia Republicans. Frederick picking an ally was seen as a bad sign by (and for) centrist Republicans.
Well, Curt resigned from the RPV today, saying that the party is “dysfunctional.” He says that they’re facing an “array of seemingly intractable problems,” and cannot succeed because of “problems of structure, power projection, consultant interference, interpersonal difficulties, years of internal malaise, Luddite attitudes, leadership, and unity of purpose.” Duh.
There are two possible outcomes here. The first is that this is seen as a wake-up call, and this leads to the ouster of Frederick. The second is that Curt is branded as a squishy “RINO” who has never really supported the RPV anyway. Given that RPV has always, always, always chosen the wrong path, I think we know how this story ends.