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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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He might be an opportunist, but at least he has chosen to move in the right direction.

WordsMatter on May 31, 2013 at 4:08 PM

I’ll take this guy over dim-wit Chafee any day of the week.

BuzzCrutcher on May 31, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Expect a phone call from the IRS.

pain train on May 31, 2013 at 4:19 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

Hard times to be a Democrat in the Solid South. Mr. Guillory made a wise decision. :-)

Punchenko on May 31, 2013 at 4:24 PM

The Democratic Party left him. Welcome home!

22044 on May 31, 2013 at 4:29 PM

*ring ring *

cmsinaz on May 31, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Western_Civ on May 31, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Evidently he was a Republican at some point in the past. So, not really.

GWB on May 31, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Welcome aboard, Senator Guillory! Hopefully your stance will inspire more people to think hard about their allegiance to the Democrats.

hawksruleva on May 31, 2013 at 4:33 PM

I applaud Senator Guillory.

After reading what he said this morning, I’m not surprised.

Well done, Sir !

jersey taxpayer on May 31, 2013 at 4:44 PM

That was beautiful. Welcome aboard!

Ted Torgerson on May 31, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Best news I read today.

ToddPA on May 31, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Congratulations, Senator Guillory for seeing the light. Welcome aboard.

DevilsPrinciple on May 31, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Paging the RNC.

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

He might be an opportunist, but at least he has chosen to move in the right direction.

WordsMatter on May 31, 2013 at 4:08 PM

We can expect Dumbocrats to have no factual refutation of his points, just their typical personal attacks instead…

Anti-Control on May 31, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Obviously the man’s a racist, and not authentically Black.

/troll

Left Coast Right Mind on May 31, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Gov. Jindal’s “failed” agenda

This is quite laughable, but I guess it’s the best they can muster. Pathetic.

NOMOBO on May 31, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Poor guy just went from being an African-American of stature to an Uncle Tom in the blink of an eye.

Sad the way libs treat anybody with conservative values.

antipc on May 31, 2013 at 5:56 PM

“Senator? The IRS is on line two, the FCC just pulled into the parking lot, OSHA paratroopers are on the roof, and some armed masked men in the lobby claim they are from the ATF.”

NotCoach on May 31, 2013 at 5:56 PM

He’s a racist.

2Tru2Tru on May 31, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Lincoln Chaffey,,, hahahhahahahaahaahha.

2Tru2Tru on May 31, 2013 at 5:59 PM

I just saw this dude on the video about the Louisiana Rep who called opposition to Obamacare racist. Welcome home, Senator!

thebrokenrattle on May 31, 2013 at 6:13 PM

This guy was awesome just yesterday, speaking out against the Dimwit who said opposition to obamacare was racist. He will be a real asset to the good side.

paul1149 on May 31, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Cue the racial slurs from the enlightened and tolerant left in 4…3…2…

jukin3 on May 31, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Amen! Happy to have you aboard, Mr. Guillory!

Stoic Patriot on May 31, 2013 at 6:56 PM

He’s from Opelousas! My whole FAMILY is from Oplelousas!!!!

NerwenAldarion on May 31, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Paging the RNC.

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

Amen, and +10 for using the word “crackers”.

Ward Cleaver on May 31, 2013 at 7:15 PM

One less person on the Democrat plantation.

Hill60 on May 31, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Paging the RNC.

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

Paying any kind of attention, Rience?

Honestly, a grass-rooter could do the job 100x more effectively than him or his predecessor(s) at half the cost — yet, the RNC is a closed-door and closed-minded idiocy.

No wonder why they lose — in contributions, grass root support(s) and gotv efforts.

Hey, you out there — get with the program. WE are not going away. You either find some common ground with us or you go the way of the whigs. Amnesty? Deal breaker.

o/t somewhat: would it surprise many if DeMint/Bachmann were considering forming a ‘conservative’ 3rd party? Not that they might have it up, running or viable for ’16, but what about ’18 or ’20? (I just have this inkling of suspicion.)

jersey taxpayer on May 31, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Bravo, sir!

If you don’t mind, would you, on a regular basis, remind your party leaders of the values they’re supposed to be fighting for.

And toss in that ‘limited government’ thing.

M240H on May 31, 2013 at 8:01 PM

With the move, the Opelousas conservative becomes the only black Republican in the Louisiana Legislature.

Probably the best thing to come out of Opelousas in thirty years.

mintycrys on May 31, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Sha Bebe, hellava idictment from a Louisiana black man, rock on bebe.

RoyalFlush on May 31, 2013 at 8:15 PM

School choice (vouchers) is the civil rights issue of our time. The Democrats are on the wrong side, again.

visions on May 31, 2013 at 8:42 PM

refreshing!! i’m so glad he has the courage to say these things. but i feel bad for him, knowing the hate the left will throw his way now.

Sachiko on May 31, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Better late than never. Predictable response from the folks in his ex-party of tolerance, of course.

Midas on May 31, 2013 at 10:09 PM

As a poor dumb white boy from New England still bitterly clinging to guns and God but now proudly living in the South, (when people here suspiciously ask where I am from, I tell them northern by birth, southern by choice) I say, welcome home Senator Guillory.

deimos on May 31, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Diversity of politics is important. Debate is a good thing.

crosspatch on May 31, 2013 at 10:49 PM

The left is in a furious racist rage that one has escaped from their plantation. Fitting placement on the page with Chris Mathews Jefferson Davis comment above.

Ellis on June 1, 2013 at 8:58 AM

I’ve been following Guillory’s record for a few years. He has been aligned with conservatism throughout that time.

Pro Life, Pro Guns, Pro School Choice, Pro Fiscal Reform, etc… He’s been a DINO for years now.

http://capitalcitynews.us/?p=1165

Kermit on June 1, 2013 at 9:07 AM

I’ve been following Guillory’s record for a few years. He has been aligned with conservatism throughout that time.

Pro Life, Pro Guns, Pro School Choice, Pro Fiscal Reform, etc… He’s been a DINO for years now.

http://capitalcitynews.us/?p=1165

Here is his announcement http://thehayride.com/2013/05/weve-got-elbert-guillory/

Kermit on June 1, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Free at last, FREE AT LAST.

This one man has just done more for Black Americans that the revruns jesse and al combined…….

RealMc on June 1, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Democrat policies have made New Orleans a leader in murder. Fatherless families by design is the prime cause of crime and poverty, but Democrats fantasize that making guns more difficult for law abiding people to own would reduce the violence in black communities. This country desperately needs more people like Guillory.

juliesa on June 1, 2013 at 10:13 AM

He is a very brave man. Get ready for the racist blacks to start calling him the following:”uncle tom, cracker lover, sellout,house n-word, turncoat, etc”. I respect the heck out of Sen Guillory and applaud his honesty and courage. Now if just s few million more would have the scales fall from their eyes.

neyney on June 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM

I just sent this man an encouraging email (guillorye@legis.la.gov). It gives me a shred of hope to see there are still some sane minds here and there in that lefty political demographic (or rather, formerly in that demographic). Let’s hope more follow his lead and leave the party of gubmint dependence and handouts.

That’s not to say the GOP isn’t without its share of problem children and policies as well, but unlike the DNC, the GOP is still a ship that can be righted. Welcome aboard, Mr.Guillory!

swanzoid on June 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM

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