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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 11/15/2011

House Democrats begin to rally around Toscano for leader

Consensus appears to be building within the House Democratic caucus for Del. David Toscano of Charlottesville to become the chamber’s new minority leader.

Dels. Mark Sickles of Fairfax and David Englin of Alexandria, both mentioned in recent weeks as possible candidates told us they are not interested and are backing Toscano.

Sickles said Toscano has a “calm and smooth approach” on the House floor. Englin said he encouraged Toscano to run weeks ago.

Toscano, a lawyer who has served since 2006, did not immediately return a call for comment.

Delegates running for caucus chairman are Dels. Scott Surovell of Fairfax and Onzlee Ware of Roanoke. Sickles said he is also weighing a run.

Current caucus chairman Ken Plum of Fairfax has been talking to some delegates, but it is unclear if he will run for either of the two top spots.

Plum and Ware did not immediately return calls for comment. Surovell declined to comment.

House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong lost his re-election bid last week after Republicans eliminated his largely rural Southside district when they redrew legislative maps.

House Democrats are expected to meet Saturday to chose their new leaders.

By  |  11:02 AM ET, 11/15/2011

 
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