The changing language of a newly minted Republican

Blake Aued of the Athens Banner-Herald has a worthwhile piece on the changing language of state Rep. Doug McKillip, the former House Democratic caucus chair who abruptly became a Republican late last year. A taste:

Here is McKillip as a Democrat writing about the state budget in a column last March: “We have cut all we can. We have furloughed teachers, we have reduced travel, and we have honestly eliminated all the possible ‘inefficiencies’ at the University of Georgia. We simply cannot cut any more. It is time to raise revenue and save higher education in Georgia.”

And this is McKillip speaking to local Rotary clubs and the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday: “Everybody doesn’t want to get cut, but everybody is going to get cut some.”

McKillip introduced a bill last year that would have raised taxes on cigarettes, raised income taxes on people making more than $400,000 per year and eliminated sales tax loopholes. He said Wednesday, though, that he would have to think about a tobacco tax and wants to see what a tax reform council set to issue recommendations next week has to say about it.

In apparent anticipation of a tough challenge in 2012, House Republican leaders — including Speaker David Ralston — this week held a $250-a-head fundraiser for McKillip.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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14 comments Add your comment

DW

January 6th, 2011
12:10 pm

Gotta love opportunists….

eli

January 6th, 2011
12:19 pm

It is consistent with the republican principle as outlined in the Federalist Papers

Duck Soup

January 6th, 2011
12:55 pm

Were I one of Mr. McKillip’s constituents (happily I’m not) I would never be able to trust him, regardless of whether I was (D) or (R). No zebra can change stripes quite this easily.

Red

January 6th, 2011
1:00 pm

Amazing concept – elected officials so wrapped up in their power and staying in office they say whatever it takes to be elected. Not to mention put them in front of 10 different groups and they will say 10 different things. But who can we fault? The cretin keep getting reelected every cycle.

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

January 6th, 2011
1:05 pm

He reminds me of the guy who swears he doesn’t smoke, drink or cuss….but then snaps his fingers as me mutters “G$@ D@mmit, I must have left my cigarettes at the bar”.

The General

January 6th, 2011
1:45 pm

Duck Soup, you’re right on the money with your assessment of McKillip and political opportunists of his ilk.

Leftwing Democrat

January 6th, 2011
2:02 pm

The government should just take all of the money and re-distribute it as needed.

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VeggieFreakBoy

January 6th, 2011
5:46 pm

They are just role playing – actors – telling us what they think we want to hear.

UGA Guy

January 6th, 2011
8:24 pm

Dishonorable, untrustworthy, and a just plain dumb. Of all the problems we have with our lack of leadership and self serving hacks, this guy symbolizes the worst of the worst. We have a massive deficit of public trust and Doug McKillup and his ilk are the root of the problem.

Unelectable

January 6th, 2011
8:34 pm

Surely Doug McKillip isn’t going to run for anything ever again. I’ve never heard of a local politician making so many enemies so quickly. His decision-making process (if there is one) is pretty darn poor.

GaBlue

January 6th, 2011
8:37 pm

Slimy is as slimy does, Ma’am.

Resign if you have any shame at all

January 6th, 2011
8:38 pm

I’m sure he would never consider it, but if he had one ounce of respectability he would step down or resign.

Athenian Lefty

January 6th, 2011
9:24 pm

Since Obama doesn’t have a snowball’s chance of winning Georgia, I’m going to have my fun working on whatever campaign challenges Doug McKillip. We’re going to make his fall 2012 a living hell.