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Republican Legislator Kevin Hardwick is leaving the GOP

Posted at 8:46 AM, Dec 18, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Republican Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick tells Eyewitness News that he will stop caucusing with the GOP as of the first of the year.

Hardwick says he notified Nick Langworthy, the chairman of the Erie County Republican committee, over the weekend. According to Hardwick, who has been on the legislature since 2009, the 2019 budget negotiations were the last straw. Hardwick says he felt the GOP was being too political during the process.

"I want to be in a caucus where compromise is not equated to a sell-out and where I don't need permission to speak to a member of another party. It's silly," said Hardwick. Hardwick also says it's likely that he will also change his voter registration.

Langworthy tweeted his thoughts about the move on Tuesday morning.