This morning there were articles on Pitts being the kingmaker, the man who would step aside for one of the candidates and throw the election to him. Now it seems McCall is trying to take up that role. Pitts' chairmanship was arguably gone, so getting into the race seems like the only logical step, like he said, he's been a freshman before.
Because of McCall throwing in his towel, alot of Dems are feeling burned from having Anybody But Craddick turn into Anybody But Craddick And The Candidate they Picked. With Patricia Harless now off Craddick's public list, it seems he's at 82 for his vote total. With McCall's 70 and Pitts' 20, that makes 172 House members.
Various Democrats For Voldemortt have stepped up in support of Craddick - Turner, Rose, Dukes, Chavez, et al, along with a couple more that are staying behind the scenes. (Note to Chavez: They'll screw El Paso no matter how much you suck up to them.)
At any rate, this Speaker's race is starting to look alot more like an M. Night Shyamalan movie. We'll see tommorrow how many pledges on Craddick's list will turn out to have been ghosts all along.
Won't necessarily be tomorrow, either. I'll wait until the record vote on the floor to count my chickens.
If Craddick ultimately wins, but only by a few votes, Dukes and a few other Craddick D's are done.
You gotta love Coleman's quote on why he is going to reluctantly support Pitts:
via Statesman - Coleman said Pitts "is a whole lot more conservative by his actions over the last four years than I would desire. However, I understand the difference between change and stupid. I like change."