Kidd Now Says She's Unsure About Quitting Republican Party

A week after stating she planned to resign from the Republican party, the beleaguered Board of Education member now says she might change her mind.

Last Friday, embattled Board of Education member Merrill Kidd sent an email to the chairman of the Manchester Republican Town Committee stating that she due to a disagreement with party leaders. As of this Friday, Kidd has yet to file the forms needed with the town's Registrar to switch her party affiliation from Republican to unaffiliated, and she told Patch recently that she is reconsidering her plans. 

"I'm keeping my options open," Kidd told Patch. 

Kidd classified herself as a "middle of the road Republican" whose political leanings were neither extremely conservative or liberal, but she said that she did not want to necessarily shift her party affiliation because of a disagreement and planned to wait until at least the Republican Presidential Primary on April 24 so she could vote in it. She said that since joining the Board of Education last November there have been times where she has agreed with Republican stances, and times where she has agreed with stances taken by Democratic members of the school board. 

Kidd, who serves as the secretary of the Republican Town Committee, sent an email to Chairman Matt Galligan last Friday after Galligan asked Kidd to resign from the Board of Education for she made to another member of the school board. Democratic Board of Education member Kelly Luxenberg said that she received a series of harassing and threatening late-night Facebook messages from Kidd after a recent meeting, and since those allegations against Kidd have come to light other members of the community have come forward stating they have also been the recipient of similar messages from Kidd in the past. 

Galligan told Kidd last Friday that he felt her position on the Board of Education was untenable and that she should resign. Kidd has refused numerous entreaties for her resignation since the allegations against her have surfaced. The Manchester Town Charter contains no provisions for the removal of elected members of the Board of Education and Board of Directors for improper or illegal conduct. Short of Kidd electing to step down on her own, there is nothing anybody can do to force her resignation. 

"As far as the situation with Merrill Kidd, I have no further comment," Galligan said by email when asked for his thoughts on Kidd not resigning from the party. "The Manchester Republicans are eager to see the real issues of the Manchester Board of Education addressed in a timely manner. I'm very pleased and quite confident that Mark Tweedie, Cheri Pelletier, Mike Crockett, and Debbie Hagenow will represent the GOP well on the combined committee with the Board of Directors and public to address the . I'm also looking forward to the continued efforts to find a new Superintendent of Manchester Public Schools in the very near future." 

Kidd, who did not attend the last Board of Education meeting, said she plans to attend Monday's school board meeting. 

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Scott Aiken March 10, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I agree, it is a legitimate follow up story; however, I'm expecting more from Patch than placing a follow up story like this as center page. This is a page six story. These stories on Kidd are lighting rods for the worst kind of debates in town. What's next, going to see what type of license plates are on a BOD member's car? Is Patch going to be the type of news site that is going to do follow up reporting on which way the political weather vain in Ms. Kidd's backyard is pointing, or the type of site that finds news out there of organizations or people in town that are trying to raise the level of civil discourse? I just feel that Patch is grass roots, and it doesn't need to go after the low hanging fruits to boost site hits. The Hartford Courant already has the market cornered on that. You are doing good work here David. Please keep your standards high.
Frank March 10, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Right guys, this just keeps going on and on, I hope we don't have another two and a half years of this but I bet we will. The Merrill show distracts from the real issues, what a headache.
Craig March 10, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Stop giving this fruit cake publicity. We all know what she's capable of (nasty and inappropriate behavior) and not capable of (handling a position of responsibility). I am a registered Republican and would love to see the likes of Krazy Kidd remove herself from the party, as well as the Board of Education.
Lexi Veritas March 10, 2012 at 08:26 PM
This entire saga could be a horrendous Kardashian-style television special. I am disappointed in the media spectacle that this has become. But more disappointed in what it has revealed about Ms. Kidd's decision-making skills. Her rash, reactionary outbursts and subsequent vacillations between leaving the party or not are perhaps the most damning reasons for the public to withdraw support. She has clearly demonstrated a complete inability to utilize sound reasoning and to anticipate the outcomes of her decisions. This is not the type of person we need at a time when decision making for our schools is at a critical juncture. The community needs and deserves officials who can comprehend the complex issues requiring decisions and can understand that those decisions have larger implications. Throughout this entire situation I believe we have seen that Ms. Kidd does not have those skills. While there is no formal process for removal and while any bylaw that might be created cannot be applied retroactively, there is the option of community members eliminating the input by not seeking that perspective or by dignifying the situation with any more attention.
Merrill Kidd March 12, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I am not changing my party. Story is over.


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