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By Robert N. Tracci
Congress must use its appropriations power to secure the border
Topic - David Fitzsimmons
Star Tribune of Minneapolis, Feb. 24
Wright County Republicans endorsed Eric Lucero for the state House, bypassing David FitzSimmons after the first-term House member voted to legalize gay marriage, the Minnesota Family Council said Saturday.
They're an endangered species in many state legislatures as more Americans move to urban centers or suburban cities: the rural lawmaker who knows what it's like to care for a herd, plant a crop or drive on gravel roads.
David FitzSimmons knew when he joined a very small group of legislative Republicans who voted for legal gay marriage in Minnesota that he might face political fallout on his conservative home turf. And he did.
FitzSimmons announced before the balloting that he would not seek a second term in the face of Dayton City Council member Eric Lucero's endorsement challenge, which focused almost exclusively on the marriage vote.
He added that even if Lucero took his seat Lucero wouldn't be able to undo gay marriage.