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Top AZ Senate Dem says ex-leader refused lower job

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PHOENIX (AP) -

The new leader of Arizona Senate Democrats says her predecessor refused an offer to retain a lesser leadership role before she was ousted.

Minority Leader Anna Tovar told The Associated Press Wednesday that the offer was made to give Leah Landrum Taylor a way to retain a title as she runs for secretary of state in next year's election.

Landrum Taylor lost her top leadership job on an 8-5 vote Tuesday and called the decision racist and sexist. She apologized Wednesday for those remarks. She said the offer was only for an honorary role.

Tovar says she knows there are hurt feelings in the 13-member Democratic caucus that will take time to heal. But she said she hopes they'll reunite to back Democratic efforts when the Legislature returns in January.

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