This time, they chose a chamber suited to their numbers.
After the 2010 election, Democratic members of the House gathered in their huge chamber, dwarfed by a space that emphasized their shrinking numbers.
On Monday, they gathered in the room at the state Capitol used by the 56-member state Senate. The 59-member House caucus filled the room quite snugly.
The occasion was the election of officers for the caucus, which two years ago was also a debacle. Shortly after being elected chairman of the Democratic caucus, state Rep. Doug McKillip of Athens switched parties and declared himself a Republican. (He was defeated in this summer’s GOP primary.)
There was the odd reference to the fleeing of white lawmakers to GOP trenches. “I’ll never leave this ship,” declared Scott Holcomb of Atlanta, who just survived a tough Republican challenge and was a candidate for chief deputy whip.
But the big surprise was a challenge to the House Democratic leadership team. Minority Leader