There should be a combination of experience and younger members in leadership, in White's opinion. He made those comments Monday when he announced he was a candidate for the post. He hinted at working with Delegate Doug Skaff, another person interested in becoming speaker and a member of the so-called "young gun" faction in the House.
Skaff told the Daily Mail earlier this week he had not yet officially agreed to any coalition with White. The future of House leadership lies in the hands of the "young guns," Skaff said at the time.
He was not invited to Wednesday's meeting.
"In light of some communications that were made or believed to have been made, there were a couple of the members in this meeting that were a little frustrated with those comments or perceived comments," Miley said.
"And so they didn't feel like the meeting could be as productive with Doug Skaff present. But of course Doug Skaff is part of the leadership..." Miley said, referring to Skaff's current position as a committee chairman.
Skaff attended a ceremony for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to sign a bill increasing the legal amount of chemical selenium in water.
He declined to comment.
Delegates Rupert Phillips, D-Logan; Justin Marcum, D-Mingo; and Ted Tomblin, D-Logan; were among the large group of lawmakers at the signing. All three agreed they would support White for speaker.
Wednesday marked the end of the Legislature's May interim committee meetings. Miley said no further meetings among speaker hopefuls were scheduled this week but some sort of decision should come soon.
Perdue guessed Wednesday night it would happen in the next 48 hours.
"We all recognize that the longer you delay ... whether there's going to be a race or not, the more, probably volatile it will be," White said.
Thompson is expected to resign June 15 to become the next cabinet secretary of the state Department of Veterans Assistance. Tomblin has 10 days after that to call a special session. It will take a majority vote of the 100 delegates to select a new speaker.
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