"I was just disappointed that the committee got bullied and bulldozed by Martin Shaffer," Queen said in a telephone interview.
Shaffer freely admits he is seeking Romano's county commission seat but said it presents no special conflict because he is also seeking Miley's House seat if Miley is chosen and Cann's House seat if Cann is chosen.
"That's just politics, you see an opening, you call," Shaffer said. "There's nothing nefarious about that."
Both he and Romano accused Queen of being a troublemaker during telephone interviews on Monday.
"It's a guy who if you don't agree with his position, he attacks unrelentingly," Romano said.
Shaffer accused Queen of being a stalking horse for Cann.
"I think he's trying to raise a lot of trouble trying to hurt Mike Romano's chances," Shaffer said.
Queen rejects this and points out he ran a campaign against a family member of Cann's. Besides, Queen said, he supports Miley - unless, of course, Tomblin would pick Queen himself.
"I know Sam Cann. We're not friends, we're acquaintances. Of those three I would wholeheartedly support Tim Miley," Queen said.
Queen, a former state delegate, thinks he would make a good senator for the next two years of Minard's unexpired term. First, he's a school board president and this is the year everyone agrees the Legislature will take a serious crack at education reform. Second, Queen said he has promised not to run for the Senate in 2014.
Romano said the whole thing is probably giving Tomblin fits.
"If I was the governor I would climb under a big rock until it's all over, except the inauguration's today and he probably can't do that," Romano said Monday.