As I was walking up the steps to the Legislative Building, Sens. Rodney Tom, Jim Kastama and Tim Sheldon were walking down. These are the three Democrats who bolted from their caucus to side with a Senate GOP budget plan last Friday.
I asked where they were heading.
“We have to stay together,” said Sheldon, all to keep majority Democrats from trying to peel one of them away.
Actually, they were just going to lunch. But they stopped long enough to say there was nothing in a so-called go-home budget being pushed by House Democrats that would convince them to vote for it.
The new budget was designed to perhaps attract one more vote go along with the 24 Senate Democrats who stuck with their leadership Friday. Tom said the new budget was crafted without even talking to the three senators or the Senate Republicans who now hold tacit control of the Senate, at least where budget issues are concerned.
The regular session ends tonight at midnight with little hope of finishing the work without a special session.