Could CT Democrats regain control of Senate? GOP prepared for court battle

CT State SenateConnecticut Democrats, who lost “control” of the state senate in the November elections, could possibly regain control, if a Republican state Senator becomes state auditor.  That would lead to a special election for the seat.  Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano admitted to the website CT Mirror that a member of the Senate Republican caucus has been interviewed to become a state auditor to fill a GOP spot vacated upon the retirement of former House Republican Leader Robert M. Ward.

Meanwhile, Democrats and Republicans continue to battle for the senate’s power reigns, now that the Assembly’s upper chamber will be split 18-18, when the next legislative session starts on Jan. 4.  Democrats claim they still are the majority party because Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, a Democrat, has the power to break tie votes.  But Fasano says the Republicans are prepared to go to court to challenge the Lt. governor’s tie-breaking power.

Both parties are still in negotiations to come up with a power-sharing agreement, but talks have been halted as Senate President Pro-Tem Martin M. Looney prepares to undergo kidney transplant surgery this week.