State Sen. Elbert Guillory made history as Louisiana’s first black Republican legislator since Reconstruction after his video announcement that he changed parties went viral. And word has it that there are more waiting in the wings to make their move.
Already, Central East Baton Rouge Mayor Pro-Tem Ralph Washington became a Republican and according to The Hayride, a political publication in Louisiana, there could be more to go “public at any time.”
Guillory formally announced his switch at the @Large conference on May 31, and said that the Democratic Party was “the party of disappointment” and had “left Louisiana behind.” But in the video, his comments were more harsh, calling Democrats “the party of Jim Crow” and accusing them of using government programs to “control the black community.”
“Our self-initiative and our self-reliance have been sacrificed in exchange for allegiance to our overseers who control us by making us dependent on them,” Guillory said.
Ralph Washington switched parties a week after Guillory made his announcement.
”The value system I was raised up with, it really doesn’t side with the Democrats,” Washington reportedly said. “Some of the things I see happening today, with the entitlement programs, we have to change. We can’t continue doing the things we are doing and survive.”
Conservative speaker and African-American Star Parker also has spoken out:
Black Americans, like every other American, need fewer taxes taken out of their paycheck, need to be able to choose where to send their child to school, need to be able to freely pick a health care plan that suits their needs, and need to save for retirement instead of paying payroll taxes. You can’t sum it up any better than what Guillory and Ralph Washington have said. There are many, many Guillorys and Washingtons out there in black America.
The Shreveport Times says Guillory has been mentioned as a possible future candidate for Lieutenant Governor. But when asked, Guillory said to reporters, “This is politics. People say a lot of things. We’ll see how things shape up over the next couple of years.”
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