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campaign for the GOP deputy chair post vacated by Michael Brodkorb lasted less than a week.
Just six days later FitzSimmons
announced that he
was dropping out of the contest.
The move surprised GOP activists across the board.
(pictured at left, below) is well-liked, particularly among the most conservative elements of the party, and was expected to be a formidable challenger for the deputy chair seat.
"I was disappointed that someone of FitzSimmons' level dropped out," says Rick Weible, co-chair of the GOP in the Third Congressional District.
didn't return calls from PIM seeking comment.
But conversations with numerous Republican insiders â€" both on the record and on background â€" may provide some insight into why he
likely pulled out of the contest.
was part of former Rep.
FitzSimmons led Emmer's operation.
was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated in May of 2010.
That's a sensitive issue in GOP
circles because Emmer's
past DWI arrests were a major focus of damaging attacks from DFL-aligned third party groups during the gubernatorial campaign.
Former campaign manager Mark Buesgens' DWI arrest during the campaign further inflamed the issue.
But there was an even more damaging transgression on FitzSimmons'
record that was reportedly brought to his
According to Hennepin County Court records, FitzSimmons
missed a court appearance related to the DWI charge in Hennepin County District Court on April 6.
Because of that a warrant was issued for his
The matter was cleared up within three weeks.
That bit of baggage was presented to FitzSimmons
, Republican sources tell PIM
It was also made clear to him that the information would be widely circulated if he
chose to remain in the race for the deputy chair post.
Rather than deal with that scenario, FitzSimmons
apparently opted to drop out of the race.
Exactly why FitzSimmons
was subjected to this measure of tough love remains a debatable proposition.
Some GOP activists point out that he's
been among the most vocal critics of party finances during the Tony Sutton era and that he
questioned the decision earlier this year to begin paying the chair a $100,000 salary.
Republican National Committee member Pat Anderson talked with FitzSimmons about his decision to drop out of the race.
The first out of the gate was 6th Congressional District GOP Chair David FitzSimmons, who is well-known among Republican activists for his work cinching the GOP endorsement for gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer.
But in an unusual move Thursday evening, FitzSimmons
dropped out of the race almost as quickly as he
got in it.
In an email message to supporters, FitzSimmons
said after weighing the field of candidates and, "given the depth and quality of this field and the work I'm doing in my current capacities, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration.
did not immediately return a call requesting comment.
, who's currently the party's chair in the Sixth Congressional District, is definitely in the mix.
met today with GOP chair Tony Sutton to discuss the position.
FitzSimmons tells PIM that he'll spend the next six weeks reaching out to the party's roughly 340 State Central Committee members and making his
points out that 2012 is a crucial year for the party because of redistricting and the presidential campaign.
Among the list of open Team Bachmann members: CD 6 Chair David FitzSimmons, former Bachmann campaigner and staffer Andy Parrish, and GOP Reps.