What's next for the Democratic caucus in the House of Delegates?
Democrats in Virginia's House of Delegates are currently without a leader, leaving open a question about how the divided caucus will forge a path forward.
Virginia's House Democrats are in a very awkward position right now. They've dumped former Leader Eileen Filler-Corn after losing the majority last year. But they also failed to elect a new leader. Democratic strategist Ben Tribbett says one of the leaders of the coup, Delegate Don Scott, might be able to secure enough votes to become the next minority leader.
"If I was going to guess, I would say Don Scott has a pretty good chance because if he was able to put together 25 votes to oust the current leader, you've got to figure he has the inside track on those votes to become the next leader," Tribbett explains.
Then again, Scott was not elected leader when Filler-Corn was ousted. That's why Quentin Kidd at Christopher Newport University says she might be able to make a comeback.
"If it's clear to the entire caucus that there is not another person that can get a majority of votes, some of those votes that voted against her a couple of days ago could come back and say, 'Look, we'll put you back in until we can find somebody else who can organize the caucus around them,'" Kidd says. "And so this may not be the last we've seen of Leader Filler-Corn."
Lawmakers will return to Richmond before July to finish their work on the budget, and that's the next opportunity they'll have to vote for someone to lead their badly-fractured caucus.