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November 7, 2012

Ga. Rep. Kidd mulls switch to GOP

ATLANTA — An independent lawmaker in the Georgia House of Representatives 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 on Wednesday that he has requested meetings with senior Republicans and is considering joining the party. 

The Republicans ended the election one seat shy of holding a two-thirds majority in the House of Representatives. If Kidd changes parties, the GOP would get the majority they need to overturn gubernatorial vetoes or send proposed constitutional amendments to voters without support from Democrats. The Republicans won a supermajority in the state Senate on Tuesday night. 

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

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