House Democrats voted 24-17 to oust Rep. Darryl Rouson as incoming House Minority Leader after a three-hour Monday night meeting.
“I’m a little disappointed but undaunted,” Rouson said after the meeting, saying he supported the party’s decision.
Current House Minority Leader Perry Thurston of Plantation said Democrats would vote on a new leader Wednesday night.
At least one candidate to replace Rouson, Rep. Mark Pafford of West Palm Beach, confirmed he was going to run.
“There may be squabbles, we’re under the limelight,” Pafford said afterward to reporters. “But I think we’re all on the same page.”
Perhaps. But Rouson’s supporters left the meeting frustrated by the outcome. As he left, Rouson said he was undecided if he was going to make another run at the post. He said he may file to run again.
Rouson, 59, had struggled to hold onto his post as designated Democratic House leader, where he would oversee the 2014 House Democratic candidates before taking over after next year’s election. In February, he defeated Rep. Mia Jones of Jacksonville, 23-21, after a second round of balloting when Democrats deadlocked on a 22-22 vote. Although he beat Jones, Rouson had said before that he had a 29-15 lead over her.