The House Democratic Caucus meets Saturday and an effort will be made to convince its chair to rescind his announced resignation. Caucus Chair Mike Turner has said he can’t work with state Democratic Party Chair Roy Herron and will resign in January to give his House Democratic colleagues an opportunity to choose his successor.
The caucus chair is in charge of raising money and recruiting candidates to increase membership in the House—and this coming year is an election year. It may hurt efforts to do both tasks if the experienced caucus chair quits.
But it has long been rumored that Turner has his eye on running for mayor of Nashville in 2015 and he might be happy to give up some legislative responsibilities to concentrate on that race. But he will need the support of the Democrats to be successful in the race to succeed Democratic Mayor Karl Dean in 2015.