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Rodney Tom as Senate majority leader?

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Nov. 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm with No Comments »
January 28, 2013 6:29 pm

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:

Himself.

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.

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