I'm looking at you, Rep. Rogers.
From the State House News Service (emphasis mine):
DiMasi was still weighing his options late Friday, but several House members said privately they expected him to relinquish the gavel within a week. DeLeo allies quietly but confidently predicted that the Ways and Means Committee chair would be speaker by the end of the month. Rogers said he was confident he would be the next speaker, and was reaching out to House Republicans in an effort to reach the 81-vote majority.It's no big secret that DeLeo has the inside track to the Speakership, I'm hearing that from people with their own sources as well as those I know in the know. But what I don't know is how solid that majority is. I wish both Rogers and DeLeo the best, but let it be known that anyone who uses the Republican Party to gain the Speakership is the enemy. We had a Speaker who had done that before and this state suffered under those regressive policies. Speaker DiMasi, say what you want about him, was a progressive hero who did a lot of good. We can't afford to revert backwards from his policies, legislative goals and visions.