CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Senate President Jeff Kessler has stripped state Sen. Evan Jenkins of all leadership positions, saying the Cabell County Democrat has failed to dispel rumors he plans to switch parties and run for Congress.
"Refusing to dispel rumors that he is switching to the Republican Party in order to possibly run for Congress shows that he has no allegiance to his democratic colleagues or the constituents that elected him," Kessler said in a statement.
"I do not want anyone on my leadership team or in a leadership position that does not show decisiveness or loyalty."
Jenkins was serving as chairman of the Minority Affairs and Pensions committees and was vice chairman of Health and Human Resources.
Kessler said he would name a replacement at a later date.