It appears that Democrats are lining up behind Republican Regina Quick the challenger to Doug McKillip.
Tom Crawford reports that a recent Atlanta fundraiser’s host committee “included such Democratic lawmakers as Rep. Kathy Ashe (D-Atlanta) and Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur), as well as former Atlanta City Council member Panke Bradley Miller. Bob Smith, a Watkinsville Republican who represented Oconee County for 12 years before stepping down from the Georgia House, was another of the honorary hosts for the event.”
Last month, the Athens Banner-Herald’s Blake Aued, brought the news that several prominent Athens Democrats were backing Quick, as well. Prominent donations came from Athens Mayor Nancy Denson and former state Sen. Doug Haines.
McKillip, as you’ll recall, switched parties in early 2011. He added insult to injury to his former colleagues by getting passed and signed into law HD954, the “fetal pain” bill this year.
As of the last campaign reporting period (3/31/12), Quick had $27,897.57 cash on hand while McKillip had $40,157.43. Campaign reports are due again on June 30th.
It’s no surprise Democrats would support Quick. We can also assume some number of Democrats, perhaps even a large number, will cross over and vote for her in the GOP Primary. However, it’s not often you see so many prominent Democrats publicly support a Republican. Also party switchers have fared well in recent years, just ask Mike Jacobs.
Will this help or hurt McKillip?