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.
- The GOP’s black ‘mad men’: Why the party can’t find its own Barack Obama (thegrio.com)
- Republicans continue to ignore black voters at their peril (washingtonpost.com)
- With 1.6m Floridians having voted, Dems cut GOP absentee vote-lead in half in 1st early vote day (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- In 2012 Election, African American Voters Surpassed White Turnout For The First Time Ever (kstreet607.com)
- 2012 Election A Historic Milestone For Black Voters (huffingtonpost.com)