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Accounts differ on GOP official's offer to quit

Two high-ranking officials in Virginia's Republican party said Thursday that treasurer Bob FitzSimmonds had offered to resign from his post, bowing to a wave of public outrage over a message on his Facebook page that questioned whether Muslim Americans have helped build the fabric U.S. society.

However, FitzSimmonds told a political blog and posted on his Facebook page Thursday night that he had not offered his resignation.

Party leaders had called for FitzSimmonds to step down as treasurer earlier this year, after he made a crude online statement in reference to Del. Barbara J. Comstock, R-Fairfax, which he described as a word error.

This week, he posted a comment about a message from President Barack Obama marking the end of Ramadan and praising Muslims for helping to build "the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy."

"Exactly what part of our nation's fabric was woven by Muslims?" FitzSimmonds wrote. "What about Sikhs, Animists, and Jainists? Should we be thanking them too?"

State party leaders refused to discuss the situation on the record Thursday.

But two senior party officials said FitzSimmonds spoke to party chairman Pat Mullins on Thursday, and said that he was willing to resign.

Posted to: News Politics Virginia

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