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Jewish remark from Virginia GOP committeeman prompts rebuke

Virginia GOP officials are trying to boot Fredy Burgos from the state’s central committee.
Bill O’Leary/Washington Post/File 2017
Virginia GOP officials are trying to boot Fredy Burgos from the state’s central committee.

FAIRFAX, Va. — Republican leaders in Virginia are seeking the resignation of a member of the party’s state central committee after he suggested he would not vote for a Jewish candidate.

Virginia GOP Chairman John Whitbeck said committee member Fredy Burgos should resign, and he told The Washington Post on Monday that efforts are underway to remove him if he won’t.

In a Facebook post, Burgos posted a quote from John Jay, the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, that calls on Christians ‘‘to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.’’ Burgos states that ‘‘having preference for Christians over non-Christians as political leaders is not bigoted.’’

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Burgos was supporting a candidate for a Fairfax County party post who is running against a Jewish candidate.

Burgos says his comments were misconstrued.