Virginia GOP Treasurer Will Resign After Social Media Backlash

Bob FitzSimmonds received harsh criticism after posting a Facebook status questioning whether or not Muslims had made a positive contribution to American society. After many members of his own party called for his resignation, FitzSimmonds distributed a letter of resignation Wednesday night, reports The Washington Post.


In his one page letter to members of the Republican State Central Committee FitzSimmonds wrote “It seems that no matter how careful I might be, I will periodically give occasion for others to portray the party in a bad light, so long as I am a party official. After discussion with several party leaders it seems clear that I will either need to stop posting on social media or step down from my party office.”


In his letter FitzSimmonds was rather unapologetic about his comments and said that his resignation will not take place until his position is filled, which will most likely be after the state GOP meeting on August 16.


The post in question was a response to President Obama’s message marking the end of Ramadan and commending Muslims for helping to build “the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy”


FitzSimmonds then took to Facebook and responded with a post saying “Exactly what part of our nation’s fabric was woven by Muslims? What about Sikhs Animists and Jainists? Should we be thanking them too?”


Pat Mullins and Michael E. Thomas, the chairman and vice chairman of the state GOP were driving causes in calling for FitzSimmonds resignation.


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