Senator Allan Kittleman told a Republican caucus this morning that he will step down as minority leader in the Maryland State Senate. According to this story by Annie Liskey in The Sun, Allan was “heeding concerns from other Republican senators who voiced discomfort over his decision to introduce a civil unions bill.”
“Speaking on the Senate floor he it was "no secret" that he is left of his caucus on social issues. He said the caucus would "feel more comfortable" with a different leader.”
This move was widely expected. It also puts Allan in a better position should he decide to make a run for county executive in 2014.