After losing a bruising primary battle to former World Wrestling Executive Linda McMahon, former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons vowed to continue the primary fight, but on Monday night WFSB reported that Simmons will be calling it quits.
Late Monday the Simmons campaign announced plans for a campaign news conference Tuesday at 9 a.m.
The former congressman had doubled-down on his chances by saying if he did not receive the party’s endorsement he would not primary McMahon, but he quickly reversed himself Friday as his delegate support wavered and vowed to fight til the bitter end.
During the arm-twisting as the voting in his old Congressional District slowed down, Simmons said he would not answer questions about continuing his campaign if he was not the endorsed candidate.
“I will not answer that question at this point,” Simmons said. “I am 100 percent committed to winning the convention.”
Simmons vowed to continue to stay in the fight Friday.
“We just saw that earlier this week a candidate who has not been in a tough race for some years, an untested and unvetted candidate, can be brought to task by an experienced candidate,” said Simmons. “I believe there’s a lot of time left in this campaign and I have sufficient funds to make a compelling case to voters before the primary.”
Simmons will make an announcement at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning at the Radisson Hotel in New London.