The Seattle P-I has an item about the state Democratic Party censuring two Democratic state senators that crossed over to join 23 Republicans and form the Majority Coalition Caucus, which controls the Senate chamber in 2013. The news outlet said the party’s resolution adopted at a weekend central committee meeting accuses the lawmakers of “gross disloyalty” and “perfidious behavior.”
Both conservative Democrats had crossed over previously with former Sen. Jim Kastama in 2012 when they helped minority Republicans hijack the budget from then-majority Democrats. Kastama is no longer in the Legislature.
The P-I story is here. It says that Tom and Sheldon will be barred from getting party assistance, which Tom apparently received to the tune of $70,000 in 2010. The latest move by the two mavericks obviously crossed a line, and state Democratic chairman Dwight Pelz put out a statement about Sheldon and Tom’s decision last month.