Representative David FitzSimmons announced at the HD 30B Republican endorsing convention in Buffalo today that he will not seek re-election to Minnesota House of Representatives in 2014.
When David and I spoke earlier this week, he was very candid about his prospects for this weekend, saying “it is a very likely outcome that I will not be the endorsed Republican candidate on Saturday.” But David quickly added, “I will still have one more session as a representative and I can assure you that I will continue to do everything I can for the 40,000 residents in North-East Wright County who are my constituents.”
FitzSimmons was being challenged by three candidates for endorsement: Eric Lucero, Senell Jaster, & Paul Bolin. The genesis for the opposition to David, was his vote last May to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota. As I previously reported, in May of 2013, the Minnesota House of Representatives voted on a bill legalizing gay marriage. David offered an amendment, allowing no religious official or church to be required to perform a same-sex wedding. David’s amendment passed and he voted for the bill legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota.
Earlier this week, VOICES of Conservative Women issued a letter of support Fitzsimmons. VOICESPAC has only supported female candidates in the past and President Jennifer DeJournett confirmed the organization has never issued a statement of support for a male candidate.
FitzSimmons’ announcement was a big surprise, so please check back to politics.mn for additional analysis and information on today’s conventions.