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Why Elbert Guillory’s “Free At Last” PAC Raises Serious Questions About the Louisiana GOP

@CenLamar unlocks the absurd kabuki promulgated by cynical conservatives obsessed with race.

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A couple of months ago, when Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory switched back to the Republican Party, he generated statewide and national attention: Guillory is the first Republican African-American member of the Louisiana State Senate since Reconstruction.

This may seem like an important breakthrough for Louisiana Republicans, until you consider that Guillory had been been a Republican up until 2007, when he became a Democrat in order to run for State Representative in a heavily Democratic district. In fact, Elbert Guillory had actually been a member of the Republican Central Committee. The conservative media has gleefully embraced the narrative of Guillory as Democratic defector, but the truth is, Elbert Guillory only became a Democrat to deceive his constituents; he couldn’t get elected as a Republican. To be sure, he once claimed his conversion to the Democratic Party had something to do with his disenchantment with George W. Bush, which, at…

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