Frustration at being in the minority and at Bauer's handling of their election campaigns prompted a near-coup Friday.
It didn't happen, after an attempt to get the 40 Democrats behind closed doors for what amounted to a no-confidence vote and a leadership change fizzled . . .
Friday, Bauer didn't dispute the unrest in his caucus.
"I would hope that for the sake of success we can stay together. We do fight like cats and dogs, but we have both cats and dogs in our caucus," he said, laughing.Bauer has represented a South Bend district in the House for 42 years and has twice served as Speaker when the Democrats were in a majority. I guess I don't understand guys like Bauer and Richard Lugar clinging to power long past the normal retirement age. You would think they would prefer a more graceful exit. I thought for sure Bauer would not seek re-election this year after Republicans won such a big majority in 2010 and were able to redraw legislative boundaries to their favor.