The impact of the word was immediately recognized by Republicans who decried its use. As the story grew and was picked up by mainstream news outlets, many Republicans called for FitzSimmonds' resignation.
Today, Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford), Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) and Caucus Chairman Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax) stepped in to ask for FitzSimmonds' resignation from the state party:
"The comments made recently by Bob FitzSimmonds are offensive and have no place in mainstream society or our political discourse. These comments are not representative of the House Republican Caucus or the Republican Party of Virginia. They do not reflect our values or principles and they are deeply inconsistent with the tone and tenor we believe is appropriate for public debate. Mr. FitzSimmonds should resign from his position as Treasurer of the Republican Party of Virginia and we call on him to do so immediately.Delegate Barbara Comstock, who earlier on Tuesday had attended House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's breakfast in Richmond, is a very popular Republican leader who had received Congressman Paul Ryan's endorsement for her 10th Congressional District candidacy.
"Having worked with Barbara Comstock for a number of years, we have tremendous respect for her and all that she has accomplished. She has and will continue to be a tenacious fighter for Virginia women and families."