Lawmaker considers switching, could give House GOP a supermajority

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

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42 comments Add your comment

Tom

November 7th, 2012
1:58 pm

Well, now…….

Public School Parent

November 7th, 2012
2:08 pm

If he’s announcing this publicly, then it’s as good as done. Kidd’s just using the delay as leverage for chairmanships or other perks from House leaders. I hope it’s worth it Rusty! A Republican supermajority (or Democrat supermajority, for that matter) in both chambers will be destructive for Georgia.

Chip

November 7th, 2012
2:10 pm

Proves some people will vote against themselves. Rep. Kidd, a really great guy, is also paraplegic from a motorcycle accident and has been a strong proponent of stem cell research, a stand that is antithetic to the Republican Party. It would be ironic if Kidd becomes a Republican and thereby works to stop or slow the very research he and so many desperate people need. Sad move, better think hard about that one before you jump and leave people who really need help behind.

Bob Loblaw

November 7th, 2012
2:14 pm

For a guy that’s been around the Capitol his whole life, he has to know that this is a terrible move. He’ll lose his independence, literally and has zero to gain.

jd

November 7th, 2012
2:19 pm

Rusty may have other motives — once the GOP has super majority — it goes down hill. First, you will see an increase in factionalism within the party, then the public will begin to see that the GOP can’t deliver (with a super majority — who can you blame for not solving the problems?). And, as the minority groups grow, and they will remember the legislation passed in the name of the white establishment (Bill O’Reilly does have a way with words) and will return the GOP to the ranks of a minority party.

justduckie

November 7th, 2012
3:00 pm

Does not seem that Mr. Kidd is interested in actually representing his constituency if he makes a party move AFTER the election. If he represents the same voters that selected Obama for president then I’m sure they would have liked to have known that PRIOR to electing him.

NoMoreRawDeal

November 7th, 2012
3:15 pm

Hey why not? All the GOP leadership in this state used to be Democrats anyway, just ask the Governor.

MANGLER

November 7th, 2012
3:49 pm

Would be nice if once elected, you had to keep your party affiliation through the term. Seems a little unfair to those who voted for you, as well as whomever is opposing the group you are moving into.
What if Obama decided to switch to Republican next week?

Baldwin County Resident

November 7th, 2012
3:56 pm

If we had wanted the seat to be occupied by a Republican, we would have voted Republican! This is a dishonest move by Rusty Kidd. He will get no more support from me!

Jon

November 7th, 2012
3:58 pm

Do it. Let the GOP move full steam ahead with their “personhood” amendments and the other backwoods crap they’re itching to push. If it couldn’t pass in MS, it won’t go here, and it’ll hasten their decline.

Let's Make A Deal

November 7th, 2012
4:14 pm

Let’s see what kind of deal he can strike. That’s alot of leverage he’s carrying when he walks in the room. I would dang near ask for a Rules Chair appointment. BTW is this a legal form of bribery. Give me X Chairmanship and a $50k to take back to my district for a special project and I will give you your supermajority. But Rusty I wouldn’t ask for too much, you never know when a clown like Alisha Morgan or Rahn Mayo will flip.

honested

November 7th, 2012
4:43 pm

Without the much vaunted ’super majority’ the opportunity is missing to see just how badly the OnePartyState can make us all look!

BehindEnemyLines

November 7th, 2012
4:43 pm

Isn’t he Culver Kidd’s kid … err, son?

Kris

November 7th, 2012
5:49 pm

If he was elected as a independent then he should resign and have another election at his expense, where he can run as a repuke…What he is doing is wrong.

I wonder when a Democrat or independent turn coats to become a RE-PUKE…does it hurt when they get their man parts removed?

Lars

November 7th, 2012
6:20 pm

Typical Republican sleaze. He’ll fit right in downtown.

jd

November 7th, 2012
6:23 pm

Folks — independents can caucus with whomever they like! Hence the name…

Get over it…

Dems should have reached out — another missed opportunity

mark

November 7th, 2012
6:38 pm

Georgaia will move forward when that happens! Closer to the “stupid cliff”. I love the article about “Georgia to Attract a Biotech Firms”. Keep up our right wing stupidness and will we end up like Kansas. Yes Kansas, that republicant state voted evolution out of the science classroom and those biotech firms left as well. It took a whole state to figure out, wing nuts are wing nuts. Keep up the good work you elected by someone people!! I love this red states clay, Kaolin folks, it is all about the kaolin.

ike sans mike

November 7th, 2012
7:07 pm

u gotta b kidding me

Mr. Thomas Anrhony Jones, SR

November 7th, 2012
7:10 pm

Kidd is a traitor. Traitors should be shot at dawn.

Heika

November 7th, 2012
7:30 pm

Traitor to who? He’s an independent! It’s one thing to switch parties, but simply claiming an affiliation doesn’t pack the same punch, I’m afraid.

Besides, the GOP strong-armed some Dems to pass the constitutional sellout of public education known as Amendment 1. Is this really a major change in the long term?

Sam in GA

November 7th, 2012
8:09 pm

Hay, please print the names of all those experts that stated over and over again that President Obama would be a one term president.

Mr. Thomas Anrhony Jones, SR

November 7th, 2012
8:28 pm

Yes he is a traitor. Kidd took money from us Democrats when it was cool to be us and now that we are worthless he wants nothing to do with us. He is as bad as Neal and Perdue and other people who have left the Democratic party in this nation like Strom Thurmond the rapist. The democrats need a policy that we destroy anyone who leaves the party.thee seems no penalty from taking our money and then leaving the party. We need a Scrotehed Earth Policy towards former Democrats. From Cedartown to the North Georgia Mountains the attitude seem to be a attitude that Democrats run scared. No more. Traitors are to shot at dawn and everyone has skeltons in the closets. Every action has consequences and when you cross Democrats you need you have written your obituary. You can run, but you can never hide. ‘Ask not for whom the bels tolls, it tolls for you’.
The reason the Republicnas were able to strong armed our people in the General Assembly is that Democrats are soft. We need to be ready to fight to the last man or woman. We need a take no prisoner attitude. We need a rule it or wreak it attutude. Republicans seem to think that Democrats are cowards. They need to know we intead to leave the place looking like Allepo, Syria after an ambush.

Question Man

November 7th, 2012
8:52 pm

How do the Dems get rid of Stacey Abrams as their leader? Stacey Abrams may be going down with the ship, but where is the rule that sailors must go down with a sinking captain?

Kris

November 7th, 2012
9:02 pm

@ Question Man….Perhaps the citizens need to send the GOP idiots (This could get hot Nate).

Send them a message…Pick one at random or start at the top…(they all be unethical crooks)

Grounds for Recall

Georgia: Act of malfeasance or misconduct while in office; violation of oath of office; failure to perform duties prescribed by law; willfully misused, converted, or misappropriated, without authority, public property or public funds entrusted to or associated with the elective office to which the official has been elected or appointed. Discretionary performance of a lawful act or a prescribed duty shall not constitute a ground for recall of an elected public official. (Ga. Code §21-4-3(7) and 21-4-4(c))

Just a thought.

HamiltonAZ

November 7th, 2012
9:28 pm

I know so many good people in Georgia. There was hope in a republican majority back in 2004, but the parade of lunacy beginning with Richardson and sustained by the leadership gangs that push ALEC based legislation against the public interest is sad, very sad.

Oldman45

November 7th, 2012
9:52 pm

The last thing Georgia needs is a Republican supermajority…and I’m a Republican!

A Ghast

November 7th, 2012
10:14 pm

Yeah, but…… Typical of their usual behavior in GA, the Democrats were so stupid to run opposition to Rusty. He has a family history that kept him from going Republican several years ago when it was the smart thing to do politically.

He smartly ran as an Independent, and look’a here – now is the Ohio of the Georgia Legislature! THE swing-vote and potential king-maker, I personally hope he hangs on to that power. Make the Speaker give you a committee chairmanship in return for a commitment to vote with the Speaker whenever he needs you, Rusty, and maintain that Independence.

Tactics vs. Strategy

November 8th, 2012
1:56 am

“Kidd said he doesn’t feel that he owes any loyalty to Democrats since they ran challengers against him.”

Seems to me like Rusty has a point.

BehindEnemyLines

November 8th, 2012
4:12 am

re: “and now that we are worthless” — dang, you must have given him that money when he was just a toddler

Moon Mullins

November 8th, 2012
6:14 am

A super-majority will unleash the barbarians to pillage the country-side with impunity.

John Smith

November 8th, 2012
6:47 am

WooHoo! Here comes Milton County!

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

November 8th, 2012
7:18 am

Rusty, if you don’t owe any loyalty to “The Democrats”, then what about your constituents? They are the ones who voted for you in the first place, and after all isn’t your job to represent the people of your district? (quaint notion, I know). What about the people of the state of the GA? No one’s interest would be served by a Republican supermajority and you know it.

John Jowers

November 8th, 2012
7:42 am

Rusty is a good independent man. I think it was a big mistake for Stacey Abrams to consider him a Democrat when she ran a Democrat against him. The people of his district would be best served if he could be an effective part of the majority, versus trying to work with a bunch of left-wing lunatics from Atlanta.

honested

November 8th, 2012
7:54 am

Go ahead Rusty, jump.

Make it so that pesky Governor can’t veto anything the OnePartyState has decreed righteous!

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DeborahinAthens

November 8th, 2012
8:03 am

Our rep, McKillip decided, within a few weeks of being re-elected as a Democrat, that he was a born again Christian, and therefore was a born again Republican. This last primary, we kicked his sorry behind out. Unfortunately, we had to elect a real Republican to do it, but what the heck. The realRepublican, Regina Quick is far better than that flake.

South GA Food Taxer

November 8th, 2012
8:07 am

Switch, Rusty, Switch! I did! You can still vote the same way, but you’ll be on the winning team!

Mary Elizabeth

November 8th, 2012
9:03 am

In the not too distant future, a viable two-party General Assembly will be present in Georgia because of the rapidly changing demographics within this state.

Before Georgia’s General Assembly was dominated mainly by Republicans, that political body had been dominated mainly by Democrats. The label name, then, is superfluous in reality. Either political party, which happened to have been in power, was composed mainly of white, conservative Southern men – so nothing really had changed in political vision, for centuries, in Georgia. “A rose by any other rose is still a rose.”

I am glad that with the changing demographics in Georgia, the power players within Georgia’s General Assembly will eventually become more progressive in their vision. I would have wished that I could have witnessed this coming progressive vision to have occurred organically, within the hearts and minds of Georgia’s lawmakers, themselves, and not simply be the result of changing demographics within Georgia, but, sadly, I do not think that this change of heart – to a more progressive, inclusive, egalitarian worldview among people – will happen organically with Georgia’s lawmakers.

Having witnessed that the white Southern Protestant church, for the most part, supported segregation of the races during the Jim Crow days of Georgia’s past, I simply do not believe that today’s conservative Republicans in Georgia (who have morphed – in large part – from yesterday’s conservative Democrats) are more spiritually-based in their souls than are Georgia’s Democrats, irrespective of how many times a month they attend church services. I have seen that so-called spirituality lived out, in day to day reality, for over a half century. Thus, from my perspective, it will not be religion that will bring about a more humane, inclusive, and spiritually-based progressive vision in Georgia’s lawmakers, it will, sadly, simply be the result of pragmatic demographic change in Georgia’s population.

Danny O

November 8th, 2012
9:15 am

@BehindEnemyLines:
Yes, Rusty is the son of Culver Kidd.

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November 8th, 2012
10:18 am

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yellowdog

November 8th, 2012
10:25 am

huge disappointment; idependent is just that; dont do it; come on rusty; punishing democrats doesnt help u…..stay principled and loyal to your constituency……you wouldnt be there if……..you get respect where you are not as a turncoat with “power”; thats all this is and not something to be proud of; we count not the republican assembly; your father must be rolling in his grave!

John Jowers

November 8th, 2012
1:38 pm

Do you think Culver Kidd would seriously be hanging with the Atlanta fruit loops that have become the Democrat Party of Georgia? No way, he would have left them a long time ago.