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
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.
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