Wash. Senate Power-Sharing
4:51 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Dems Lose Control Under Power-Sharing Coup In Washington Senate

A coalition of Republicans and two renegade Democrats have announced a plan to seize control of the Washington state Senate.

Former Republican Rodney Tom, one of the breakaway Democrats, would serve as Senate Majority Leader under the power sharing agreement.
Former Republican Rodney Tom, one of the breakaway Democrats, would serve as Senate Majority Leader under the power sharing agreement.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Coalition leaders announced  Monday they have the 25 votes they need to take the reins away from Democrats. The so-called Majority Coalition Caucus proposes a power-sharing deal. Six Senate committees would be chaired by Republicans and six by Democrats. Another three would have co-chairs. Former Republican Rodney Tom, one of the breakaway Democrats, would serve as Senate Majority Leader. 

“We want this to be a cooperative arrangement, governing from the middle, governing from the center and that’s what the citizens here in this state expect,” Tom said. 

However, under the power-sharing deal Republicans would control the Senate’s budget writing committee. Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray said in a statement, “We don’t believe the Republicans’ take-it-or-leave it plan offers the right way forward.” 

The other Democrat to join with Republicans is Senator Tim Sheldon. The Washington legislature convenes in January.

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