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Bullard: Senate Dems a 'fractured caucus'

Sen. Larcenia Bullard, D-Miami, says the Senate Democratic Caucus is headed home "fractured" as a result of what happened Friday, when seven of its 14 members abandoned a caucus position against the budget to vote for it. Bullard said the agreed-upon no vote was reinforced in a gathering in the "bubble" on the Senate floor Friday. But several Republicans thundered in opposition at what they saw as Democratic grandstanding, and it obviously made an impact. 

"That was the biggest disappointment, when I saw the green lights going on for the budget," Bullard said. "When you take a caucus position, everyone's to work together. I said to them, if you change on me -- because I've been hung out to dry in the past -- I'm going to go wherever I see the green buttons."

"There's a fractured caucus here," the South Miami-Dade lawmaker said. When that happened, I ran to my counterparts and said, 'The caucus position is down.'^"

Bullard said she felt "hung out to dry" by what happened. "I came into the chamber believing we were all together," she said. "When I saw the leader (Sen. Al Lawson) go green, what do you do?"

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 6:59pm]

    

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