Wo. They fired Stew Iverson. As big a diss as it gets. Would have loved to have been a fly on the wall for THAT caucus:
"I know there have been some personality clashes. I know there are some people who weren't happy with me as a leader. Some felt I was too conservative," Iverson said Monday. "I'm much more conservative than Senator Lundby."
While the leadership change could steer Senate Republicans toward party moderates' positions on some issues, Lundby and Senate Republican Co-President Jeff Lamberti of Ankeny emphasized that members of their caucus wanted a leader who would take them in a new direction. They are looking to Lundby to forcefully represent them during current negotiations over next year's state budget, and to give them the best shot at controlling the Senate again.
So she's co-leader for a couple weeks, and minority leader in January. Lots of Kremlinology kind of quotes here.
Gazette coverage too: "Iverson indicated Monday's development may impact his decision whether to seek re-election this fall..."