It's getting easier to know when State Rep. Doug "McFlip" McKillip is lying: His lips are moving.
In an article published online last night, the Republican lawmaker from Athens told the Banner-Herald why he introduced a bill Wednesday that would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
The former Democrat once supported abortion rights and accepted a $500 campaign donation from Planned Parenthood’s political action committee in 2006. He changed his mind about abortion three years ago.
“I became a Christian in ’09,” he said. “You start reading the Bible, and you realize life begins at conception.”
But when Doug McFlip joined the GOP, he didn't tout his daily Bible devotions as the key reason. Instead, he said this:
FOX 5: Do you think this is more a pragmatic decision than a political decision?
MCFLIP: I think it's both. In order to be effective, you have to be a Republican. And by and by, or by and large, that is who I am. I have always been a very fiscally conservative. I think I will probably disagree with the Republican caucus on some of the social issues.
The Dec. 8, 2010 interview doesn't mention the Bible being part of McFlip's transformation. At the time, he said he didn't hold the same views as conservative Republicans on social issues. (You can watch the complete interview here or here).
Maybe McFlip's conversion to Christianity is real. But if it is, why did he lie about his reason for joining the GOP in 2010?
You simply can't trust a word Doug "McFlip" McKillip says.