Kidd to Quit Republican Party

Kidd said she plans to resign from the Republican Town Committee and switch her political affiliation to "unaffiliated" Monday.

plans to resign on Monday - just not from the Board of Education. 

Kidd, a Republican, sent an email to party chairman Matthew Galligan Friday afternoon obtained by Patch stating that she plans to resign from the party on Monday and switch her political affiliation to "unaffiliated." Kidd currently serves as secretary of the Republican Town Committee. 

"I would like to step down as secretary of the MRTC and from the MRTC. I will be changing my party affiliation to unaffiliated on Monday morning," Kidd wrote in an email Friday. 

Kidd declined to comment about the situation Saturday, stating only "we'll find out Monday" when asked about her plans. 

Galligan confirmed the validity of the email Saturday. He said he received it about 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, an hour after he had had a brief discussion with Kidd urging her to resign from the Board of Education for . 

"We are no longer standing behind Merrill Kidd and I have urged her to resign from the Board of Education," Galligan told Patch Saturday. "At this point for the benefit of Manchester, and more importantly the Manchester students, we have to move forward and put this thing behind us." 

Galligan called Kidd a "friend" and said the party initially rallied around her when allegations emerged that Kidd sent harassing late-night Facebook messages to another member of the Board of Education, Democrat Kelly Luxenberg, because it first seemed that Kidd was the target of a political attack. However, he called Kidd's tenure on the Board of Education untenable Saturday. 

There is of elected members of the Board of Education or Board of Directors for improper or illegal conduct, so there is nothing the school board or Republican Town Committee can do to force Kidd's resignation. Kidd, who has stated in the past she has no plans to resign from the Board of Education, declined to discuss the issue Saturday. 

ABG March 04, 2012 at 01:58 PM
It seems inappropriate to me for someone to change party affiliation in the middle of a term since she was elected as a Republican. The best thing she could do is resign since it appears she will serve no purpose to the Bd of Ed as an "unaffiliated".
Frank March 04, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Here Here Alan, I wish she would leave as well but yeah it looks like we are going to have 2.5 years of her acting kookie and embarrassing the community, the schools, and the party that allowed her to run for them. At least it will be interesting, I guess. Although I don't really care if people switch their party affiliation as long as the do it for valid reasons that represent the values that they believe in. Seems like Ms Kidd is just switching because her party is no longer excusing her behaviors, that is not a good reason to switch parties.
Craig March 04, 2012 at 05:46 PM
So, Krazy Kidd is leaving the political party that came to her defense? The Manchester R's were right in assisting Kidd even though her antics were way out of line, as that was the appropriate thing to do. She obviously cannot learn to behave herself, based on the R's decision to back off from her. Krazy Kidd does not have the best interests of the children of Manchester at heart. She is a self serving wack job who doesn't understand what it means to hold a position of authority and respect. The Krazy Train needs to leave the station - all on board Merrill.
Kevin John March 04, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Or how to spell education.
Jackie Madore March 04, 2012 at 06:34 PM
My question to you Merill is how can you do this to your family, your husband and your children? When you left me that nasty threatening message on Thursday night, March 1, 2012 at 6:06 pm, you mentioned your family is being dragged through the mud. You are the only one who did this to them and seems to continue doing it. Enough is enough. Step down like a true politician would and stop trying to fight everyone. If you really care about the children of Manchester you would have done so already. Changing your affiliation 4 months into your term is a real slap in the face to the residents of Manchester who did vote for you. I thankfully knew your behavior before hand and did not.
David Moran (Editor) March 04, 2012 at 09:22 PM
OK, folks, I think we're getting a little off track with the comments here. This is not intended to be a forum to ridicule or insult Ms. Kidd. You're free to post in these forums as long as you abide by Patch's Terms of Use policy: http://manchester.patch.com/terms If not, I'm going to be forced to start deleting comments.
JK124 March 04, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I think the true issue here is that being called out for her actions by her own party certainly did not sit well with her. Being chided for your shortcomings is some of the most bitter medicine. The Republicans obviously saw something happen recently that has made support of Kidd an impossible task, perhpas Mrs. Madore's voicemail? The fact of the matter is that she'll do nothing further on the BOE than to create a hostile environment for the work at hand. Her quitting of the GOP has little to do with a high-handed elevation above partisanship and more to do with spitting in the face of those who nominated and ran her for office.
Jackie Madore March 04, 2012 at 10:06 PM
I am only going to address Mrs. Kidd's latest post and then I am through with this. I had asked her years ago on the advice of legal counsel not to contact me via email or phone. Since that time I have received several phone calls and emails so obviously she did not respect my request. Her message on Thursday was uncalled for and the last straw for me. She needs to understand that she has hurt so many people, including her friends and family. How is the town suppose to trust someone that behaves like this and says hurtful things? We want someone who is in it for the students. Someone who is willing to agree to disagree and not become mean when something doesn't go their way. We have way to many issues that need to be addressed in our schools. I do hope that if Mrs. Kidd does remain on the board she will be able to put everything behind and concentrate on what she was elected to do.
Jon Crickmore March 05, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Once again the topic is about POLITICS and party affiliation. Who cares what party someone represents. Why don't we care MORE about elected officials having a different code to follow then the rest of us. Why don't we care that people who should be role-models for our children are nothing more then playing the game for personal gain. Why don't we care that an elected official can get away with something that a child would have been arrested for. Why don't we care that this one sided behavior has a negative impact on our children. Why don't some of you got to the high school and explain to the kids and young adults that they need to do as there told and not as there shown. We want to know whats wrong with our town whats wrong with our kids and our schools. This is not rocket science the residents of Manchester are to blame. WHY ?? Because we continue to let this crap happen. We turn a blind eye to the behavior of people who should be role models. We don't demand accountability we don't demand integrity and professionalism we go with the flow. Then we want to tell everyone how bad our kids act and how much better behaved they will be if we put them in uniforms and mold them into little puppets yet we cant get grown adults to behave like they should----
Jon Crickmore March 05, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Continued--- To think that so many people make daily decisions based on party affiliation is an absolute disgrace. When do we start doing whats right for our town and our children based on morals and integrity. I'm glad that this situation was brought to our attention. I'm sure this is just a small look at what really takes place in this town on a daily basis. We need more whistle blowers in the world. We need more people telling it like it is. We need to hold more people of "power" accountable just like every other citizen is held accountable. Craig is right about the train leaving the station except The citizens need to make sure the train is full before it leaves. Before this is taken out of context let me be very clear. my comments pertain to some elected officials and not ALL of them. While this town has many bad apples it also has many fine elected officials. Lets just harvest the rotten ones.
Kevin John March 05, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Mr. Moran: Frankly, the Kidd fiasco is merely one of a number of educational missteps that have plague the Manchester School District. Another that I'm extremely disappointed about is the lack of removal claus in our towns charter. All anyone can do is "encourage" her to resign. Every single post she has made in these comments speaks to the reason why she needs "encouragement". While the attention garnered by Ms. Kidd over these last two weeks may seem excessive, elected public office necessitates airing of grievances. For instance, I know Ms. Kidd knows how to spell. What bugs me is that, even in the position she is in(embattled BOE member), she did not take the time to reread her own public comments to find mistakes. It's very easy to do, takes little time, and there is even a red dotted line below misspelled words. So respectfully Mr. Moran, I demand more from my elected leaders. If I were her, I'd at the very least understand that I was under the microscope right now and need to exude all dimensions of professionalism. Possibly, holding my tongue would be one of them. Why should I expect less?
Kevin John March 05, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Also a true apology does not deflect attention away from the apology.
claire singleton March 05, 2012 at 02:40 AM
This whole exchange is embarrassing for our community.
James T. March 05, 2012 at 04:02 AM
I don't see anyone getting that out of line over here. You should see what's on twitter! If you're on the Board of Ed. and you can't even spell correctly with spell check, come on! Clearly she's an uneducated RWNJ. When the GOP thinks you should resign for inappropriate behavior, you know she has problems.
JK124 March 05, 2012 at 10:42 AM
The problem here is that A.) Kidd believes this will "never happen again," and 2.) Kidd sees the BOE as "coming together." First - Mrs. Kidd seems to be incapable of curtailing this kind of immature, shoot-from-the-hip behavior. Her late night rants at any hour, followed by voicemails, emails, and anything else down in that FaceBook pit will no more stop than than a fish will live on land. Second - If Mrs. Kidd feels the BOE is "coming together," than I strongly suggest she checks the definition of "together." By first alienating and ripping one party, then by abandoning the party that supported, Kidd is creating a bigger divide, not bridging one. Her false selflessness in changing to unaffiliated party status was more about bitterness toward her former party than anything else - everyone can see that. Kidd has proven herself to be divisive on a massive scale, childish, and incapable of correcting her behavior. Nothing but the best for the Manchester schoolchildren on the Board of Education, I see. Not exactly an equally honorable replacement for Mrs. Pazda and Mrs. Silver.
Carl Stafford March 06, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Why did Mrs. Kidd delete her comments?
Michael Farina March 08, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Repeating what was said to me from across the aisle, off camera, is hardly the use of profanity as you have characterized it. When people swore at me, I called them on it and repeated word for word what was said to me during a Board meeting. I will always stand up to people's inappropriateness, and I am heartened to see that people are no longer putting up with yours. Not one single resident should have to put up with your threats.
Michael Farina March 08, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Don't you see that it is exactly comments like "get a life" and "your [you're] a puppet" which make you unfit to serve on the Board of Education? I am incredibly disappointed that our town must deal with an elected official who verbally attacks and threatens residents. It is my hope that you will realize the harm you are doing and resign. Our school system deserves better. Goodnight, Merrill; I wish you well, but this needs to stop.
David Moran (Editor) March 08, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Ladies and Gentlemen - enough. These comments (and it's mainly a few people) have strayed FAR beyond the topic of this article. You are free to post on Patch as long as you abide by the Terms of Use policy: http://manchester.patch.com/terms But this is not the place to make personal accusations, argue with or ridicule one another back and forth. I've disabled the comments on this article.


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