“I am still a Democrat at heart and I didn’t want to leave,” English said. “I’m still voting the same way I did before; my labor-friendly Democrats won’t have to worry.”
The caucus on Monday chose Rep. Kim Gardner to be policy chair.
Smoking is barred in the House chamber and public galleries, but it has been permitted in lawmakers’ private offices.
State Rep. Derrick Smith allegedly accepted a $7,000 bribe to write a letter of support on behalf of a daycare center seeking state assistance.
The ads target the lawmakers on tax and spending issues and begin running Monday.