Spilka secures votes for Senate president
Time to 'turn the page,' says budget committee chief
SENATE WAYS AND MEANS Committee chairwoman Karen Spilka has secured the votes to become the next Senate president, according to State House sources.
Spilka, an Ashland Democrat, was one of four senators to express interest in taking the reins after Stan Rosenberg stepped down from the post last year amidst controversy over allegations that his husband sexually harassed four individuals who have business on Beacon Hill and boasted to them about the influence he wields over Senate activities.
“Karen Spilka has the votes to be next Senate president,” said one Democratic senator who asked not be named.
In December, after Rosenberg stepped aside, Sen. Harriette Chandler was elected Senate president, but she has pledged to only serve out the remainder of the current session and relinquish the post in January. It is unclear now when a change in leadership will take place.
Spilka began jockeying more intensively late last week to secure the votes to become president, activity that accelerated last night and this morning, according to the Democratic senator. The senator said her chief rival for the post, Sen. Sal DiDomenico of Everett conceded the race to Spilka today.“I would like to congratulate Chairwoman Karen Spilka, and I have pledged my support to her as our next Senate president,” DiDomenico said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing our close working relationship, and I know that she will be a strong leader for our body moving forward and a powerful voice for individuals and families across Massachusetts.”
Also expressing interest in the post in recent weeks were Sen. John Keenan of Quincy and Sen. Eric Lesser of Longmeadow.