By Robert Mann

I like state Sen. Elbert Guillory. I spent a delightful 10 days with him in Turkey a few years ago. He’s a kind man, wonderful company, and is now among my favorite Republicans.

That’s because he recently bolted the Democratic Party to become the first black GOP member of the Louisiana Senate since Reconstruction. Guillory’s political affiliation is entirely his business, although he is a bit fickle about it. He was a Republican until 2007, when he became a Democrat just before capturing a House seat from Opelousas.

But now, he’s back in the arms of his first love.

GOP leaders crowed loudly about landing my friend, as well they should. They even timed his announcement to occur at the recent @large conference in Baton Rouge, described by a sponsor as a gathering “for black conservatives interested in engaging in the political process.” For two days, speakers discussed ways to lure more blacks to the conservative side and to encourage more of them to seek elected office.

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2 thoughts on “African-American voters have plenty of reasons to steer clear of GOP

  1. I am also friends with Elbert and know him to be a different kind of elected official than most. He is his own man, and I applaud him for it. He is a shining example of what independent thinking in government can produce. I am mostly proud of his intestinal fortitude to stick to his guns.


  2. It is fine for a person to have opposition to a particular political person based on position. I really object to the label of “African-American”. Why not use terms as “German-American” or perhaps Redneck-Americans”. The reason is simple–wanting to print a story and create controversy. I think the term of African-American is racial in nature and tenor and only serves as a racial divide. Would it not be simpler to call Americans–“Americans”. Try useing the N___ word and see how far you get! It is fine to stick to your guns, but make sure your guns are loaded with the proper ammunition.


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