Caucus clash

January 7th, 2013

State House Democrats will meet in private caucus on Wednesday afternoon to try to resolve a leadership dispute that has delayed logistical planning for the upcoming session.

Rep. Joseph Souki, who has said he has enough votes to become speaker, called the caucus.

The Maui Democrat said he would outline his proposed leadership and committee slate, which still has slots available for Democrats who have yet to join Souki’s coalition of dissident Democrats and Republicans.

Rep. Marcus Oshiro, who has held on to some of the loyalists to House Speaker Calvin Say, has been asking for a caucus among Democrats. Oshiro said he would ask Souki to explain his alliance with minority Republicans, who have been promised three committee vice chairmanships under Souki.

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