Jun 01, 2013 6:01 PM GMT
Guillory, a lawyer, has worked with Jindal on several issues, most prominently in efforts to revamp the state employee pension system.
“As of this day, I join Frederick Douglass as a Republican,” Guillory, 68, said as he wrapped up a speech blistering the Democratic Party. The move is a return to Republican Party registration for Guillory.
“Today the party of disappointment has moved away from the majority of Louisiana. They have moved away from traditional values of most Americans,” Guillory said in prepared remarks. “They have left us behind on crucial issues like abortion, vouchers, Second Amendment rights, union control of public jobs, school prayer, family issues.”
Guillory said the biggest disappointment for him has been the party’s role in the breakdown of families.
“Their support of dependency over self-reliance, of everything but traditional marriage, of abortion on demand, their policies have encouraged the high teen birth rates, high school drop out rates, high incarceration rates and very high unemployment rates,” Guillory said. “Our self-initiative and self-reliance are sacrificed in exchange for votes for the party of disappointment.”
“The list of disappointments is long,” Guillory said, noting “the lies and cover-up at Benghazi, the IRS harassing the tea party and wiretapping and spying on reporters.”
He decried federal Democratic initiatives to stop drilling after the BP disaster as well as efforts to “confiscate all guns.”
Guillory said under Republicans the black community has “gotten some pretty good deals.”
Among them, he said, are fighting for black rights during and after the Civil War, helping Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson pass the 1965 Civil Rights Act over the objection of most Southern Democrats, and Republican President Richard Nixon opening the doors to higher education and to government contracting for minorities.
The 39-member Senate now has a historic high of 25 Republicans. Senate and House delegation membership hits 83 legislators.