Conservative Democratic Sen. Tim Sheldon talked on Monday about the possibility of joining with Republicans and Sen. Rodney Tom to elect a ”coalition” majority leader in place of the Democrats’ eventual pick for leader, Ed Murray.
Now Tom, a Medina Democrat, confirms to the Seattle Times who that majority leader might be:
Republicans confirmed they have discussed with Tom the idea of electing him majority leader, which would require a revamp of the process. The Times’ Andrew Garber has the details here.
Tom is a former Republican who switched parties in 2006, and a former budget writer who lost that role after he voted against a budget he helped write in 2010. He helped Republicans take over the budget process last winter, while also unsuccessfully pushing for charter schools — which went nowhere in the Legislature but won voters’ approval last week.