Ousting of Senator Leah Landrum Taylor from Democratic Leadership Post Leaves Black Leaders Fuming, Feeling Disenfranchised
"We're trying to move forward," he said. "The caucus decided to go in a different direction politically in the next session."
When we asked specifically what that different direction was, he said he didn't "want to get into that."
He said it wasn't the caucus' intention to cause upheaval in the black community.
"It wasn't trying to get people riled up or upset," Gallardo said.
Gallardo said that the focus of the change was about the 2014 election -- about protecting members who were going to be challenged in certain races and promoting other Democrats who are running in other district and trying to gain additional new seats.
We asked how the party was going to move forward with festering resentment, and threats by some of Democrats to defect from the party.
"It's a legitimate question," he said. "Hopefully the caucus will continue to stay together."
Regarding the blow felt by the African-American community, Gallardo said that he is willing to sit down with anyone who would like to talk to him about it.
"I have a good working relationship with the African-American community," he said. "I really do. I would love to be able to sit down and talk to them if they are upset."