This morning, Democrats pointed to state Rep. Rusty Kidd, an independent from Milledgeville, as the single lawmaker who stood between Republicans and a supermajority in the House.
This is the same Kidd who fended off a Democratic challenge from Quentin Howell last night. From their press release:
“Democrats won decisive victories and held the Republicans below the magic number of 120,” said House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. “Rep. Rusty Kidd is an independent who does not caucus with either side, but represents Baldwin County that voted for President Barack Obama. House Democrats won the night in Georgia.”
House Speaker David Ralston scoffed at the claim of victory:
“Unlike the House Republican majority, House Democrats couldn’t protect their incumbents and didn’t win anything other than not losing as many seats as some thought they would. Only a loser would call losing winning.”
But Ralston may not have been the only offended party. Ray Henry of the Associated Press just issued this report:
An independent lawmaker in the Georgia House of Representatives said Wednesday that he is considering becoming a Republican, a decision that could give the GOP a supermajority in the General Assembly.
Rep. E. Culver “Rusty” Kidd of Milledgeville told The Associated Press he has requested meetings with senior Republicans and is considering joining the party.
The Republicans ended Tuesday’s general election one seat shy of holding a two-thirds majority in the House of Representatives.
If Kidd changes parties, the GOP would secure the majority they need to overturn gubernatorial vetoes or send proposed constitutional amendments to voters without support from Democrats.
Kidd said he doesn’t feel that he owes any loyalty to Democrats since they ran challengers against him.
The new count in the House is 119 Republicans, 60 Democrats, and Kidd.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider