Key Party Switch in ***ia? (UPDATE: Report: Switch Averted)
A well-connected source in ***ia tells me that at least one
Democratic state senator is leaving the party's caucus . . . "Not sure
yet if he's going Republican or Independent." This is significant
because the Democrats currently have a 21 to 19 majority; a switch
could give Republicans control of the chamber, because the lieutenant
governor, who presides and breaks ties, is Republican William Bolling.
And yes, this source used the pronoun "he."
UPDATE: Jeff Frederick, chairman of the Republican Party of ***ia
and member of the House of Delegates, via Twitter: "Apparently one dem
is either switching or leaving the dem caucus. Negotiations for power
I have called the lawmaker in question and am hoping to hear back
ANOTHER UPDATE: A Tweet from the Republican State Leadership
Committee: "Reports from the VA House floor sort of confirm something
big happening in the Senate."
YET ANOTHER UPDATE: After intense reports of an imminent switch out of
Richmond, the sources go silent. Perhaps the switcher got cold
feet . . .
. . . which is what ***ia VirtuCon is reporting: "Dem. Maj. Leader
*** Saslaw recessed, Senate Dems proceeded to pile on Northam and he
AN 'UH-OH' UPDATE: From a Richmond source: "We're hearing that it was
the premature release of this info from Chairman Frederick via Twitter
that scuttled the deal."
A PERFECT SUMMARY: A reader suggests the headline, "Loose Twits Sink