VA Senate Power Shift? — Deal Now Off

Via RPV Chairman / Del. Jeff Frederick via Twitter update:

“Big news coming out of Senate: Apparently one dem is either switching or leaving the dem caucus. Negotiations for power sharing underway.”

UPDATE:  Is Sen. Ralph Northam switching parties?

UPDATE 2:  Jim Geraghty from National Review Online’s Campaign Spot knows about as much as we do at this point, but it sounds as if something big is in the works.

UPDATE 3:  Is the deal off now?  Did someone in the Senate jump the gun leaking this news?

UPDATE 4:  The deal is indeed now off.  Dem. Maj. Leader Dick Saslaw recessed, Senate Dems proceeded to pile on Northam and he caved.

UPDATE 5:  Apparently this deal had been in the works for 2 weeks and had been about to be sealed when it fell apart.

UPDATE 6:  NRO’s Campaign Spot shares this reader-provided headline, “Loose Twits Sink Shifts.”  Clever, but we don’t know that to be the case for sure.

UPDATE 7:  According to Maj. Ldr. Morgan Griffith, it wasn’t Twitter, but a twit — Gov. Timmy! — that put Northam back in line with the Dems.

From: “H. Morgan Griffith”
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 18:24:15 -0500
Subject: Today’s events in the Senate

Representatives from the Senate Republican Caucus informed several members of our House Caucus today about what they characterized as an imminent power-sharing agreement. In addition, it was indicated to members of our Caucus, myself included, that this information was already known and was public.

I suggested to Chairman Frederick that he get the word out, minus the details. Jeff did not post anything other than an unnamed D was looking at leaving their caucus and power sharing negotiations were underway.

There is no reason to believe that Delegate Frederick’s posting on Twitter, which happened several hours into the day’s activities in the Senate, affected the outcome. Perhaps, it was the visit by the wavering democrat with the Governor of the Democratic National Committee. Regardless it is clear that the partisan makeup of the Virginia Senate is tenuous. Morgan Griffith

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19 thoughts on “VA Senate Power Shift? — Deal Now Off

  1. seems a little sensitive for the party chairman to be posting on his facebook. Hope he’s not screwing the pooch here and going to scare said dem back to the fold…

  2. jeff frederick is an idiot. he screwed the party with his big mouth. this was a done deal and was going to be announced on the senate floor until that jackass told the world.

  3. From Senator Mark Obenshain’s facebook post:

    Notwithstanding the fact that today is crossover day – the very busy final day for each chamber to act on its own bills — the session began about 4 hours later than planned. There was almost an outbreak of good government, but that was narrowly averted. Whew! Here’s what happened. There has been bipartisan concern expressed over the leadership and operation of the Senate Finance and Courts Committees. The concern came to a head today. Notwithstanding the fact that there are 19 Republican Senators and 21 Democrats, we began the day with enough Senators to reorganize these two committees – naming as co-chairs of those Committees Senators Wampler and Stolle – both Republicans – effectively forcing bipartisan cooperation in the running of these two critical committees. After 4 hours of meetings behind closed doors and with the Governor, the threat of bipartisanship passed, partisan fever and the status quo prevailed. Although the impasse was abbreviated, it should be noted that it took great courage and principle for someone to stand up to his party’s leadership. Governor Kaine, as Chair of DNC, flexed his muscle today – successfully. It is a sign of the increased partisan power he will bring to the Capitol in his new position – and it has come at the expense of good government.

  4. “Representatives from the Senate Republican Caucus informed several members of our House Caucus today about what they characterized as an imminent power-sharing agreement. In addition, it was indicated to members of our Caucus, myself included, that this information was already known and was public.

    I suggested to Chairman Frederick that he get the word out, minus the details. Jeff did not post anything other than an unnamed D was looking at leaving their caucus and power sharing negotiations were underway.

    There is no reason to believe that Delegate Frederick’s posting on Twitter, which happened several hours into the day’s activities in the Senate, affected the outcome. Perhaps, it was the visit by the wavering democrat with the Governor of the Democratic National Committee. Regardless it is clear that the partisan makeup of the Virginia Senate is tenuous.”
    Morgan Griffith

  5. Sadly I think it shows how our party doesn’t understand how to fight a information war. Republican Party != New Media. People we need to get our collective heads out our butts and start fighting these battles smartly. If anything this goes to show a point I made to our entire party before the state convention that a sitting delegate should not and cannot be the party chairman. He is way too personally invested. Even if his wife runs for the seat everything he does ties back to her and vice versa. I’ve wanted to say this for the longest time but…
    I TOLD YOU SO!!!!

  6. It’s unclear who instigated this twittering. It’s also unclear if this really did nix the shift. But I don’t see the advantage of telling the world, which includes the opposition, a deal is almost, but not quite, done.

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