Opelousas Senator Elbert Guillory Switching Party Affiliation | #Louisiana

 By Brandon Comeaux May 31, 2013 12:45 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (KPEL) — Democrat State Sen. Elbert Guillory switched parties Friday, announcing his switch back to the Republican Party at a conference for black conservatives in Baton Rouge.

Sen. Guillory changed parties in 2007 from Republican to Democrat. He becomes Louisiana’s first black republican state senator since Reconstruction.

GOP Chairman Roger Villere welcomed Sen. Guillory into the party and thanked him “for your dedication to public service to the people of this great state.”

“Over the last couple of years the party of disappointment has just moved so far away from where the majority of Louisianians are and moved so far away from American values that it has become easy (to make this decision),” says Guillory. “I know it will be disappointing to some people but they will understand that I changed shirts but I didn’t change my heart or my brain.”

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