Steve Fitzgerald is OUT.
The Kansas state senator from Leavenworth, a Republican, announced this weekend that he’s no longer challenging incumbent Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins of Topeka in the August GOP primary.
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“I recently announced my intention to run for the Second Congressional District in Kansas,” Fitzgerald said in an e-mail to supporters. “That is no longer my intention.”
Fitzgerald had said he was running based on his frustrations with GOP leadership in Washington.
Among his concerns had been a proposed cut to military pensions, which Fitzgerald called the largest cut to military compensation ever. The proposed cut was later eliminated, and Jenkins has since said she no longer favors a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, satisfying another Fitzgerald concern.
His reverse-course on challenging Jenkins removes a huge headache for the Kansas GOP, which is already juggling a primary challenge to veteran Sen. Pat Roberts and a stiffer-than-expected challenge to incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback from Democrat Paul Davis.