Thursday, December 18, 2014

Jenkins’ GOP foe out of race

By The Herald Staff | 2/26/2014

LEAVENWORTH — A first-term state senator who planned to oppose Lynn Jenkins for the 2nd District U.S. House seat in the August Republican primary has dropped out of the race.

State Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, R-Leavenworth, announced over the weekend he no longer plans to challenge incumbent Jenkins, according to media reports. The Kansas legislator reportedly was running for higher office because of his frustrations with the GOP leadership in Washington, but decided to leave the race once issues he opposed were dropped or opposed by Jenkins, including cuts to military pensions and a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Fitzgerald had been set to speak at a Feb. 10 gathering of the Franklin County Republican Central Committee in Ottawa, but the then-candidate pulled out of the speaking engagement shortly before the event.

Margie Wakefield, a lawyer in Lawrence and Democratic challenger, now is Jenkins chief opposition for her seat in Congress.

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