[Rushtalk] Black LOUISIANA STATE SENATOR SWITCHES PARTY, Democrat To Republican

Carl Spitzer Winblows at lavabit.com
Fri Jun 14 19:17:45 MDT 2013


LOUISIANA STATE SENATOR SWITCHES PARTY, FIRST BLACK REPUBLICAN SINCE
RECONSTRUCTION




by LEE STRANAHAN 1 Jun 2013
On Friday, Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory switched his party
affiliation from the Democrat to the Republican party, becoming the
first black Republican in the Louisiana legislature since
Reconstruction. "I am as of this day joining Frederick Douglass as a
Republican," he said.
Democrats in Lousiana are not happy:


        State Democratic Party executive director Stephen Handwerk
        called the party switch “a craven display of political
        opportunism.”
        
        Handwerk called on Guillory to resign his senate seat “since he
        has chosen to abandon the Democratic Party values that the
        voters elected him to represent.”
        


In his speech at the @Large Conference in Baton Rouge, Guillory
repeatedly referred to the Democrats as 'the party of disappointment."
He brought up his growing disgust with Democrats over issues like
aborticide, Benghazi, and immigration.

He accused Democrats of advocating policies that encourage a high teen
birthrate, a high unemployment rate, and a high incarceration rate in
the black community. He told the audience of black conservatives and
their supporters that black Americans need to lead "by not putting all
our eggs into one basket."

Guillory, a practicing attorney, was known as a conservative Democrat
and had been wooed by the Republican party for months.




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