By: Andrew Carter (WRGA News)
Incumbent Democratic State Representative Rick Crawford of Cedartown announced Thursday of his intention to switch to the Republican Party following the General Election, and the decision has caused some upheaval in local politics.
He said the reason for his announcement about the party switch coming before the election was because he believes waiting until afterward and announcing his decision would be unfair to his constituents.
“I think that is dishonest,” said Crawford during a radio interview Friday morning.
Crawford said he had been pondering on leaving the Democratic Party for some time, but the recent adoption of same-sex marriage as a platform on the national level by the party was a tipping point for him, saying the party has strayed from mainstream ideals.
“I have tried to maintain the posture of being an anchor that could bring the party back in the direction that I feel that it should go to be more mainstream, and frankly to be more reflective of the views of most folks.”
The fate of Crawford’s candidacy remains uncertain at this time, as Democratic leaders are pursuing litigation to remove his name from the ballot.
Crawford’s Republican opponent, Trey Kelley issued a statement Thursday, reaffirming his own intention to stay true to his beliefs, while implying that Crawford’s decision reflected a campaign willing to compromise core beliefs to get elected. Kelley will be a guest on WRGA’s Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on Monday.
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