Posted: Aug 21, 2013 6:48 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck
Updated: Aug 21, 2013 6:56 PM
Speaking out against his former Democrat party and switching to Republican has gained Senator Elbert Guillory almost a million hits on youtube and national attention. Guillory says change has come with back lash
"I've received some negative comments from the Democrat heirarchy, members in the Democrat party who said some nasty things, called me some names I can't say on television," State Senator Elbert Guillory said.
Guillory says he isn't slowing down, especially now being named honorary chairman on the "Free At Last" pac, which helps Black Republicans running for federal office. It's already received a five thousand dollar donation from Congressman John Fleming.
"Guillory is at the wave of a kind of a new push by African-Americans to find ways to get black voters to pull the lever for the GOP. He feels there are a lot of commonalities between Republican values and African-Americans that African-Americans aren't seeing and that they should consider," KATC Political Analyst and UL professor Pearson Cross said.
Guillory says he's been on the move to get more Black Democrats to switch parties, like him.
"I have assisted in the last couple of months, assisted a number of Democrat officials to convert to the Republican party and I hope to do more of that in the future."