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Delaware Senate leader DeLuca re-elected despite challenge

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December 15, 2010

DOVER, Delaware: Despite being challenged by members of his own Democratic caucus, Delaware State Senate President Pro Tempore Anthony DeLuca retained his leadership position by the slimmest of margins. Freshman Senator Michael Katz sought to replace him, but received only 5 votes, while DeLuca won the minimum 11. Four senators declined to vote and one was absent.

The attempted overthrow of De Luca was led by Katz and fellow Democrat Karen Peterson. Peterson alleged DeLuca abused his power and misused taxpayer money by ordering a $46,000 renovation to his legislative office, and that he his leadership style often leads to the chamber being "run as a dictatorship instead of being run as a democracy.”[1]

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