Senator Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield) will not be a part of the Republican Senate caucus in the General Assembly in Richmond because she objects to the chosen caucus leader, Tommy Norment (R-James City).
From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
In an interview, Chase said that under Normentâ€™s leadership, the caucus has failed to live up to the “Republican Creed.” Chase said she didnâ€™t challenge Norment for caucus leader, but hoped that other senior senators to the right of Norment would.
“Under Senator Norment, weâ€™ve expanded Medicaid, raised taxes â€” thatâ€™s not Republican” Chase said. “These are outside of what the GOP stands for.”