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Black Louisiana Democrat assails party, joins GOP

posted at 4:02 pm on May 31, 2013 by

A Bayou defection:

Democratic state Sen. Elbert Guillory said Friday he is leaving “the party of disappointment” to join the ranks of Republicans. With the move, the Opelousas conservative becomes the only black Republican in the Louisiana Legislature. Guillory made the announcement as he received the Frederick Douglass Award at a national conference of black conservative leaders in Baton Rouge. Douglass escaped from slavery and became a leader in the abolitionist movement in 19th century America.

By aligning himself with the GOP, Guillory becomes the first black Republican in the Louisiana State Senate since reconstruction.  Republicans now hold a 25-15 upper chamber majority in Baton Rouge.  Lest there be any doubt about the sincerity of his political conversion, Guillory absolutely torched his erstwhile party as he waved goodbye for good:

“As of this day, I join Frederick Douglass as a Republican” the 68-year-old Guillory said as he wrapped up a speech blistering the Democratic Party. The move is a return to Republican Party registration for Guillory. “Today the party of disappointment has moved away from the majority of Louisiana. They have moved away from traditional values of most Americans,” Guillory said in prepared remarks. “They have left us behind on crucial issues like abortion, vouchers, 2nd Amendment rights, union control of public jobs, school prayer, family issues.” Guillory said the biggest disappointment for him has been the party’s role in the breakdown of families. “Their support of dependency over self-reliance, of everything but traditional marriage, of abortion on demand, their policies have encouraged the high teen birth rates, high school drop out rates, high incarceration rates and very high unemployment rates,” said Guillory. “Our self-initiative and self-reliance are sacrificed in exchange for votes for the party of disappointment. The list of disappointments is long,” said Guillory, noting “the lies and cover-up at Benghazi, the IRS harassing the tea party and wiretapping and spying on reporters.” He decried federal Democratic initiatives to stop drilling after the BP disaster as well as efforts to “confiscate all guns.”

Democrats reacted predictably, slamming Guillory as a craven opportunist and denouncing him for signing onto Gov. Jindal’s “failed” agenda.  Jindal defeated his Democratic opponent by 48 percentage points in 2011.

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“They have left us behind on crucial issues like abortion, vouchers, 2nd Amendment rights, union control of public jobs, school prayer, family issues.”

Holy crap…he sounds like the founder of a local Tea Party chapter. He’s got my support.

Jaibones on June 1, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I do applaud this fellow’s stance, but yeesh, it took you 68 years to notice the dependency crack pipe attached to your face? Were you busy up sucking pork all this time, or what?

Western_Civ on May 31, 2013 at 4:24 PM

It is not so easy for a African-American to break away from the progressive cult. You have to consider your family, your friends, everything, because they will come after him and everything he loves with everything they have. He will be shunned by other African-Americans, by even some of his family. He will be called every name in the book, slandered, even threatened, etc., by white liberals because now it is open season on him, he is off the plantation, and it gives them a license to say bigoted things about African-Americans because he is a “uncle tom” so it is ok now.

I suspect there are more African-Americans out there who deep down think this way but frankly are afraid to speak out. They know they will pay a heavy price.

William Eaton on June 1, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Surely this will follow the headline of the Governor of R.I. switching from Independent to Democratic party, right? Honestly, regardless of state or national prominence, we need more people of this character and conviction to not only switch to the GOP but also to stand up and declare “I am the Republican Party” and quit letting the DNC define the GOP as “old, white, rich and out of touch”.

HoosierStateofMind on June 1, 2013 at 4:14 PM

When does the GOP start getting persuasive, conservative blacks out on the speaking trail. Trying to attract blacks with a bunch of crackers like Priebus will get the GOP nowhere.

BuckeyeSam on May 31, 2013 at 5:16 PM

I agree with you. However, I’m sure the RNC felt like they’ve already tried that outreach with Michael Steele and failed. Like someone previously alluded to, the RNC is not exactly welcoming of grass-root and teaparty types or their ideas. So even if it means winning don’t expect them to try it until they’ve tried democrat-lite 500,000 times first.

LtBarnwell02 on June 1, 2013 at 5:29 PM

There’s hope!!!!

bflat879 on June 1, 2013 at 5:29 PM

The GOP’s idea of outreach is having Rand Paul go somewhere and say “We can’t be the party of white people” or Boehner standing in front of the camera with a nice tan saying “We are going to do immigration reform.” Yeah good luck guys. That will win few converts while alienating the base. How about doing exactly what this guy Guillory did. Focus on ideas that will resonate, not left wing caricatures of the Republican party.

Wigglesworth on June 1, 2013 at 5:41 PM

God bless you, Elbert Guillory, for speaking truth to power.

John Deaux on June 1, 2013 at 8:09 PM

The democrat base has another small crack.

SouthernGent on June 1, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Isn’t jindal that little creep religious weirdo that thinks he an exorcist? BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!! NEXT!!!! you religious freak show

Your Mamma loves me on June 2, 2013 at 2:41 AM

Isn’t jindal that little creep religious weirdo that thinks he an exorcist? BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!! NEXT!!!! you religious freak show

Your Mamma loves me on June 2, 2013 at 2:41 AM

…you must have just got done…doing your mama

KOOLAID2 on June 2, 2013 at 10:34 AM

I wonder how he’s going to react when he starts getting called an Uncle Tom by white democrats.

jrfromdallas on June 3, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Well, I don’t blame him, he really isn’t black…/s

right2bright on June 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Guillory for President!

I really can’t blame liberals. When you’re spoonfed a worldview, it’s hard to see the truth. Finding the facts is hard work, and forces you to realize some tough truths about life.

The moment when you finally realize that liberals are just gaming you is when you finally figure out that there’s really no such thing as a free lunch.

hawksruleva on June 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM

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