BY BUDDY NEVINS
It’s down to the wire for the next Democratic leader of the Florida House.
Or is it?
Word is that state Rep. Perry Thurston Jr. of Plantation may have enough votes to beat state Rep. Joe Gibbons of Hallandale Beach at Tuesday March 8, 8:45 a.m. Democratic Caucus in the Capitol.
Perry Thurston Jr. on Floor of the House
There are 39 House Democrats, so the winner needs to round up 20 votes.
One source says Thurston has approximately 25 votes sewed up
A key tell is that Gibbons is on the ropes is that he already named state Rep. Darren Soto as his Speaker pro tempore. That’s an ace that I would have kept dangling out to potential supporters while trolling for votes.
By naming Soto, you do pick up folks who like him, but you also lose his enemies.
The only thing I can say for sure at this point is that a Broward House member will be in charge of the beleaguered Democrats after 2012if they win re-election.
My earlier post on the fight is here.