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