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‘Donald Trump’ comes to the state Capitol

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March 24, 2016 Atlanta: Rep. Rusty Kidd wears a Donald Trump mask as he addresses the House during morning orders on the final day of the session Thursday March 24, 2016. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

State Rep. Rusty Kidd wears a Donald Trump mask as he addresses the House during morning orders on the final day of the 2916 session of the Legislature on Thursday. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

At the outset of this morning’s final House session of the 2016 gathering of the General Assembly, state Rep. Rusty Kidd, I-Milledgeville, tried to lighten the mood with a Donald Trump and a faux campaign speech.

It did not go over altogether well. State Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, criticized the attempt at comedy.

But in fact, the occasional sophomoric hijink is one of the many traditions of the Legislature. Twenty-four years ago, Kidd’s father — Culver Kidd, also of Milledgeville — was a state senator.

The elder Kidd went to the well to speak for a measure praising Mothers Against Drunk Driving. He wore a suit made from 160 cloth bags in which bottles of Crown Royal whisky were sold.

He’d had a tailor stitch the suit together. Afterwards, Culver Kidd said he was going for irony.