Saturday, July 13, 2013

Guillory For U.S. Senate Rumors Growing Louder

State Senator Elbert Guillory’s meteoric rise is continuing to accelerate as syndicated columnist Star Parker is now making the case that Guillory can and should take on U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu in 2014.

Obviously Senator Guillory (R-Acadiana) was not content with the publicity the previously little-known politician received from back in March.
Guillory, who began his political career as a Republican then changed to become a Democrat, made national news and caught the eye of no less than Sean Hannity after he changed parties and became a Republican again.

Guillory’s Youtube video created a sensation when he described how disappointed he was in the Democratic Party under Barack Obama and evoked MLK when Guillory urged Blacks to leave the Democratic Party for the alleged Conservative bastion that was the Republican Party. The video already has over 700,000 views, although it is unknown how many are from Louisiana.
“My brothers and sisters of the American community, please join with me today in abandoning the government plantation and the party of disappointment. So that we may all echo the words of one Republican leader who famously said, ‘Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last.’”

Last month, Guillory was rumored to be running for Louisiana Lt. Governor. Now his supporters are floating the idea of a U.S. Senate bid.
In her piece, Parker sloughs off existing Republican Senatorial challengers Congressman Bill Cassidy and first-time candidate Rob Maness.

Republicans are still in search for a candidate to run in 2014 against incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.

Why not Guillory?”

Oh, I don’t know. Money. Lack of a statewide campaign organization. Low name recognition even within the Black community.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I genuinely like Senator Guillory. In fact, earlier this week, the Senator spoke at a Greater New Orleans Tea Party meeting in Kenner. Before and after the speech, I got to spend a little time with the State Senator. We even shared a laugh about my March article about him.

I don’t know whether Senator Guillory has his sights set on Lt. Governor, U.S. Senate or some other office, or if he is content with continuing to represent his District.
Whatever he chooses, I hope that it is his choice and not some outside forces that are just latching on to him.

One thing is for certain though: while he may not best the other candidates in money, organization or name recognition, Senator Guillory leads Landrieu, Cassidy and Maness in one category – Public Speaking.
Senator Guillory does deliver a mean speech and he is a likeable person.

And, for a politician, that’s a start.