His denial of a coalition with White earlier in the week did not sit well with other candidates. Skaff wasn't invited to a Wednesday meeting called by Miley and attended by White, Boggs and Caputo.
Miley and Perdue said Wednesday the meeting went well but they didn't reach a conclusion. On Thursday, Perdue said both sides approached each other to find a compromise late Wednesday, but all discussions were "negative."
If Miley is elected, Perdue expects House leadership to stay largely the same. Consistency moving forward is the theme that Perdue, Boggs and others have pitched in their discussions about House leadership.
White and Skaff have pledged a mix of the old and the new in their leadership team. Their endorsements reflect that pledge.
The list includes Education Vice Chairman Josh Stowers of Lincoln County, Finance Vice Chairman Doug Reynolds of Wayne County, Assistant Majority Whip Tiffany Lawrence of Jefferson County, and longtime delegates Mark Hunt of Kanawha County and Larry Williams of Preston County.
Fellow Mingo County Democrat Justin Marcum endorsed White Wednesday, as did Logan Democrats Rupert Phillips and Ted Tomblin.
Caputo said he's certain Miley would win in an election against White right now. Perdue agrees but said the margin would be very close. Both expect plenty of debate on both sides in the coming days, but Caputo said it could make the Democrats stronger as a party.
"We'll get through this. It's not something that's never happened before," he said.
Miley and Boggs did not return calls by the Daily Mail for comment Thursday evening.
Thompson is expected to resign June 15. Tomblin must call a special session for the House within 10 days of Thompson leaving. Both parties will privately caucus to nominate a leader.
Republicans are expected to nominate House Minority Leader Tim Armstead of Kanawha County and give him all of their 46 votes.
Armstead has said he is trying to sway conservative Democrats to elect him as speaker.
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