Republicans have the upper hand in the state Senate, but leaders of both caucuses say they believe some unnamed Democrats will lead committees when the session starts Monday.
Democratic leader Ed Murray and Rodney Tom, a Democrat whom Republicans have elevated to be majority leader, made the comments this morning’s annual Associated Press Legislative Preview.
Murray said the 24 Democrats in his group voted unanimously to reject a power-sharing deal offered by Tom’s coalition of 23 Republicans and two Democrats — which would have given them six committee chairmanships and three co-chairmanships. Murray said they would act like a minority but would work with the other side to reach solutions.
But Tom says the Democratic minority is far from united. “We keep getting calls from different members saying yes, they would like to be a chair,” he said.
Murray acknowledged that interest. “There are some members who I think will take chairmanships,” he said.