Sen. Elbert Guillory switches to Republican Party - KLFY News 10

Sen. Elbert Guillory switches to Republican Party

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It's been an eventful few months for lawmakers in Baton Rouge and this year's legislative session comes to a close in four days. State Senator Elbert Guillory of Opelousas stirred up some controversy before the end by announcing his switch from the Democratic to the Republican Party.

Roughly seven years since switching to the Democratic Party, Guillory is heading back to the other side of the aisle. Among many issues that led to his decision, he feels his former party doesn't share his same views any more.

"They've moved away from basic American values in areas like abortion, gun rights, union control of public jobs, and family issues," said Guillory.

Despite the fact that Guillory has changed affiliations several times, he's reluctant to call it "flip-flopping." Instead, he thinks it has more to do with the political landscape when it comes to the weight his votes carry.

 "No matter what label I wear, I am a centrist. I am a man of the people," said Guillory.

Following his announcement, the Louisiana Democratic Party released this statement that said, "The people of the 24th senate district deserve better than Elbert Guillory. He should do the right thing and step down from his seat immediately since he has chosen to abandon the Democratic Party values that the voters elected him to represent."

But despite criticism (that) Guillory is not representing who his constituents voted for, he stands by his decision and commitment to District 24.

"They voted for a man and that man has not changed," said Guillory. "But, the man has changed his way of operating so that voice of District 24 is now in the rooms where decisions are made."

Republicans already held a majority of the 39 seats in the State Senate and with Guillory, their numbers will increase to 25.

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