Brown said at least 21 Democratic representatives must agree to remove Bauer, D-South Bend. He said he's confident the votes are there to oust the former House speaker.
"It appears as though the majority of the members of the House Democratic caucus are screaming for a change in leadership," Brown said.
But Bauer isn't going quietly. During an unusually long 40-minute Statehouse news conference Wednesday, Bauer said the effort to remove him is unnecessary, unfair, illegal, destructive to the party, "distractful" and disrespectful.
He insisted House Democrats cannot hold a meeting because state Rep. Vanessa Summers, D-Indianapolis, the caucus chairwoman and a Bauer ally, did not call for one.WRTV's Norm Cox also reported that Bauer's State House office had been cleared of many of his personal belongings when reporters gathered in it yesterday to get his reaction to news of the latest efforts to remove him. His wife told reporters that the items had been removed in the event of a sudden shift in command. Bauer acknowledged to reporters that he had faced criticism within his caucus on a host of issues, including that he is "follically-impaired." Cox said Bauer, who has long worn a toupee, had never before publicly talked about his hair.
UPDATE: At a caucus of the 23 of the 30 Democratic members of the House today in Lafayette, the members voted to oust Bauer as minority leader and name Rep. Lawson as the interim minority leader through the November election. It is unclear whether Bauer will recognize the legitimacy of the decision. Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker congratulated Lawson and says that she has the state party's backing. Indiana GOP Chairman Eric Holcomb released a statement indicating that his party is sorry to see Bauer go.