For John, BLUF: You may not like political parties, but that is what you get when people band together to follow an ideology. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The [:Lowell] Sun and Columnist Peter Lucas, 8 December 2017.
Here is the key paragraph:
While all her fellow Democrats in the Senate were running for cover -- or quietly plotting to succeed Rosenberg as Senate president -- L'Italien, 56, publicly insisted that Rosenberg step aside.But, this is also an interesting paragraph:
The minority Republicans, who are like associate Democrats, hardly objected to Rosenberg staying on as Senate leader."…who are like associate Democrats." That is a terrible indictment of the Republicans in the Massachusetts State Senate, all seven of them. On the other hand, there are forty senators over all and there are not enough Republicans to sustain a Governor's Veto. Even with the recent election of Republican Senator Dean Tran, from Fitchburg. It would take about twice as many.
But, back to the State Senate, Ms Harriette L. Chandler, PhD, is currently acting as the President.
Regards — Cliff