Here are some key portions of the story from the Washington Post:
RICHMOND, April 4 -- Virginia Republicans ousted embattled party chairman Jeffery M. Frederick on Saturday at a tense meeting that left the party bitterly divided as it heads into a crucial campaign season.
Frederick's dismissal came after he repeatedly resisted public requests for his resignation from almost every top-ranking Republican officeholder in Virginia. They accused him of incompetence and mismanagement.
But at the heart of the dispute is a struggle that is tormenting Republicans both in the state and nationally: whether to rigidly pursue an agenda dominated by conservative social issues or reach out to more moderate voters with a pledge to focus chiefly on economic concerns.
"It's about the party moving forward," said Lee Talley, a Republican activist from Portsmouth. "We're doing what we have to do. It's a shame it came to this, but we . . . want to build the party."
For months, the conflict has split the party and overshadowed Republican efforts to win the governor's mansion in a campaign that is viewed by many to be a harbinger for federal midterm elections in 2010. Some of Frederick's supporters said his ouster could sap the enthusiasm of rank-and-file activists come November.
"There's going to be a backlash," predicted Jo-Ann Chase, a conservative Republican from Loudoun County who backed Frederick. "You better believe it.''