McKillip Becomes 7th Georgia Democrat to Switch to GOP

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Athens, GA (AP) - State Rep. Doug McKillip, who was recently
elected chairman of the Democratic caucus, has changed parties and
joined the GOP -- the seventh state lawmaker to make the switch
since Election Day.

The Athens lawmaker says he spoke to House Speaker David Ralston
on Monday and made the decision after wrestling with the party
switch for some time.

As a Republican, McKillip says he hopes to protect Athens'
interests, including funding for the University of Georgia and HOPE
scholarship.

McKillip says Democrats have been ineffective since Republicans
took control of the state's two chambers in 2004. In Georgia, six
other rural Democratic state legislators -- five from the House and
one in the Senate -- have switched allegiance since Nov. 2.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by grannie Location: ga on Dec 8, 2010 at 04:11 AM
    when mckillip was vote in , we voted for a democrat, it should be against the law for anyone to switch parties while they are in office, we did not vote for a republican. its dang well not right for him to switch w/out our permission from the democratshe violated our trust in him. i wonder how much he got paid to switch parties???????????
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