Does Burton have enough ‘in the bank’?
First, a correction and clarification. In the last column I stated that new Senate President Ted Gatsas was put in office by a majority of Democrats even though he is a Republican, similar to the way Speaker Doug Scamman was elected to office. Several good friends have pointed out that this is not correct. A majority of the Republicans in the Senate signed a letter asking for the session at which Gatsas was elected. There was no roll call vote when he was selected, so there is no way to know by what majority he was selected. However, both Scamman and Gatsas were selected in a bipartisan manner with the influence of the minority party critical in the selection and in that they are similar. It is hoped by many that they will lead in a similar bipartisan manner.