Henson, Butler deadlocked on Senate Minority Whip vote

Senate Democrats will go without a party whip for the remainder of the 2010 legislation session.

In a bid to replace former Whip David Adelman, who was recently confirmed as a U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, the Democrats were deadlocked on two potential candidates.

In a caucus election Tuesday, Steve Henson of Tucker and Gloria Butler of Stone Mountain both received 10 votes for the position.

Minority Leader Robert Brown of Macon said that as the Senate winds down toward the final eight days of the session, the position will just remain open for a while.

“We will wait until after the elections this fall, then come back to it,” Brown said.

Brown added that caucus might reconsider the vote in the event that the General Assembly goes into a special session to pound out the budget.

With the departure of Adelman, there are now 21 Democrats in the Senate. The tie-breaking vote would have belonged to Valencia Seay of Riverdale.

But late last week, Seay, who suffered from a heart attack several years ago, was hospitalized. According to Sen. Emanuel Jones of Decatur, Seay is still in ICU at Emory Hospital, although it is still unclear about what is wrong with her.

But by a near consensus, none of her Senate colleagues are expecting her back this session.

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