State senator forced to move seats after being disciplined by leadership over tweet

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Disciplinary sanctions against state Senator Mike Delph, R-Carmel, went into effect Monday, as state lawmakers went back into session after a three-day weekend.

Delph had to move from his seat near the Republican leadership, and move across the chamber to sit in the back of the room, next to the Democrats. And he showed up early for session on Monday to claim his new seat.

A source with knowledge of the situation told Fox59 that Delph’s punishment was not related to his opinionated remarks criticizing Senate leadership about their decision on HJR-3, but instead a reaction to Delph’s tweet announcing caucus decisions before the issue was heard on the floor.

As a result, that source said Delph’s press secretary was taken away, his seat in the Senate chamber was moved away from those of GOP leadership, and his positions as assistant majority floor leader of communications and ranking Judiciary committee member were also stripped.

[Read more about his controversial social media posts here]

Delph wouldn’t talk on camera Monday but over the weekend he posted: “Anyone that thinks this is somehow about a tweet, I have prime real estate for sale in the Florida everglades.”

State senator Karen Tallian, D-Portage, said she wasn’t pleased she had to move seats to allow Delph to take the desk she used to occupy.

“I liked that seat,” Tallian said. “I liked the back row for a whole lot of reasons, and I want my seat back.”

Delph told Fox59 he would have a statement later this week.

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