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BREAKING: LA Sen. Elbert Guillory Switches Parties, Now First Black GOP State Senator Since Reconstruction

Senator Elbert Guillory

By Gary P Jackson

Here’s an interesting development over in Louisiana. Senator Elbert Guillory, a democrat, has switched parties to become a Republican.

The Senator announced his switch from the democratic party at a noon luncheon during the At Large Conference, a gathering of black conservatives from around the nation, according to The Advertiser:

The senator switched from Republican to Democrat when he ran for the House of Representatives in 2007. He has broken with the Democratic Party on numerous issues, taking a more conservative stance.

The luncheon was scheduled to present the Frederick Douglass Award as a conservative leader in the Legislature. The conference’s goal is “to celebrate the determination by black conservatives to lead Americans away from dependency on the government.”

The New Orleans Times Picayune adds:

Guillory has a conservative voting record and has long been an ally of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration, particularly on education and retirement issues.

With Guillory’s switch, Republicans will hold 25 seats in the 39-member state Senate.

Not sure what motivated Guillory to switch to the democrat party in the first place, but a quick look at his record indicates he’s been mostly Conservative all along.

This is, of course, a big deal in Louisiana. Could have national implications as well.

I’m sure loving, tolerant democrats will weigh in on the matter shortly, as only they can!


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