Thursday | December 19, 2002
Chafee, Fitzgerald oppose Lott
Fitzgerald finally realized he lives in a Blue State and backed off his original support for Lott. Fitzgerald joins Chafee as the latest GOPer senators to abandon Lott.
Chafee is particularly interesting -- if Lott survives, you know Chafee will be in the doghouse. Chances for a switch seem to have increased somewhat. If Lott goes, then Chafee will probably have a chit or two to cash in from the incoming majority leader.
On the other hand, Cochran says he will vote for Lott. The two are supposed to be rivals, so this is interesting...
The article also notes that Lott believes he has the votes to survive, and states that 10 GOPer senators have publicly voiced their support. That would mean 11 of the 26 votes he needs to survive. It looks like he has a long way to go.
Oh, and Lott says he won't resign from the Senate:
Still, I haven't heard Lott say: "If I'm ousted as leader, I will still serve out my term". There's a HUGE difference between that, and saying "I've got the votes to remain majority leader, and I'll serve out my term."
Update: "PJ" in the comments points me to this NRO piece that suggests Lott is gaining momentum:
The names of several of those supporters have been reported in the last few hours. Among the Republicans said to be in Lott's corner are Sens. Campbell, Crapo, Craig, DeWine, Ensign, Gregg, Hatch, Lugar, McConnell, Santorum, Shelby, Specter, Stevens, and Voinovich.By my count, that is 17 senators that have publicly backed Lott. That's assuming, of course, that they're telling the truth. It's easy to lie when asked by Lott point-blank -- easier to vote against him in a secret ballot (assuming the ballot is, indeed, secret). Posted December 19, 2002 03:53 PM | Comments (42)