Here’s where sh*t stands: Thrasher’s coup fails; it’s been a “good day” for Latvala

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Do not believe everything you are hearing out of the Capitol tonight about the race for the Senate Presidency, the race is still in flux.

But, as my good friend, the State Senator from Pinellas, just told me. “It’s been a good day for Jack Latvala.”

John Thrasher apparently was unable to convince enough of Gardiner’s pledges to switch over, reports the Palm Beach Post.

In return for agreeing to support Thrasher and Negron, members would be given promises of chairmanships and election support, several senators said.

After an afternoon of behind-the-scenes discussions, with Republican senators furiously shuttling between each other’s offices, there was no resolution in sight.

“We’re not talking policy,’’ said Latvala, according to the Times/Herald, after he emerged from a 45 minute meeting in his office with Gardiner supporters: Sens. Rene Garcia and Charlie Dean. In the officer were his supporters Sens. Greg Evers, Dennis Jones and Paula Dockery.

Several members said they refused to relinquish their support of Gardiner and others, who had supported Sen. Jack Latvala, also remained aligned with him.

In the end, Thrasher was reluctant to concede.

“If I got enough votes, I guess I would be” Senate president in 2014, the St. Augustine Republican said. “I don’t know. We’re going to wait and see what happens. I think it’s premature to talk about that right now.”

In other words, John Thrasher’s end-around Andy Gardiner has been stopped for a loss.

As for what happens between Gardiner and Latvala, Marc Caputo is on to something when he writes Gardiner may be “building a leadership team that included his one-time rival.”

A senior source in the Senate direct-messaged me on Twitter to say: “Things will go down tonight…or, at least, there will be a bold attempt to put things to bed.”

So don’t go to sleep yet.

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