House Republicans have emerged from their closed-door caucus after just a few minutes, and would acknowledge only that it was on a Senate matter. "We have no comment collectively over here," said House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke, R-Oakley.
Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis wasn't available for comment, but his secretary, Marian Smith, said he instructed her to tell anyone who asked that there would be no statements before the Senate GOP's press conference this afternoon, and that this is the first time in Davis' memory that the Senate GOP leadership has held a press conference.
The Senate GOP has wrestled this session with questions over the fate of its majority caucus chairman, Sen. John McGee, R-Caldwell, after his arrest last spring in a bizarre incident after a night of drinking at a golf tournament which left him with a DUI conviction. The caucus voted earlier to retain him in his leadership post, but then nine GOP senators signed a public letter saying they'd voted against retaining McGee in the position.