Sansom could be out tomorrow
As we alluded to this morning, House Republicans plan to caucus tomorrow evening and set in motion a process to replace Ray Sansom as speaker.
Under caucus rules, Sansom is currently the "Republican leader." Tomorrow evening, he will lose that title and a 15-day deadline will commence to pick a new leader. Candidates would have seven days to file. But a two-thirds vote of the caucus could sidestep that waiting period and pick a new leader immediately.
Even then, Cretul would not be the official, permanent speaker. That would have to wait until March 3, the first day of regular session, as a new speaker must be chosen by the full House.