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Yet Another Party Switch: State Rep. Bubba Chaney Newest Louisiana Republican
The Hayride.com ^ | 2/9/11

Posted on 02/09/2011 6:28:23 PM PST by LdSentinal

The latest refugee is State Rep. Bubba Chaney of Rayville, who made his switch official today. With Chaney’s move, there are now 53 Republicans, 47 Democrats and four independents in the House, with one seat open (the one formerly held by Democrat-turned Republican Fred Mills, who just won a special election for the Senate) and set for a special election next month.

Chaney, who is serving his first term in the Louisiana Legislature, changed his party affiliation at the Richland Parish Courthouse late Monday afternoon.

“I just didn’t feel that my philosophy as a traditional conservative Blue Dog Democrat has a place anymore in the national party,” Chaney said. “The Republican Party better fits that philosophy and my personal values.

“This isn’t a reflection of my fellow Democrats in the Legislature. I have developed strong relationships and deep respect for my Democratic colleagues, and that won’t change. But for me, the national Republican Party better reflects my beliefs.”

The paper has a quote from Gov. Bobby Jindal on the switch…

“Bubba has always put Louisiana first no matter his party,” Jindal said. “The thing that is different in Louisiana compared to Washington is that we have a tradition of working across party lines.”

In Chaney, the state GOP is getting what it got in several of its other new Republicans like Noble Ellington, Walker Hines, John Alario and Fred Mills; namely, a politician whose voting record is quite good for a Democrat – but might need a little burnishing after the party switch. For example, Chaney’s 2010 rating by the Louisiana Family Forum was a middle-of the road 80 percent, which earned him the title of “Family Advocate” but not “Outstanding Family Advocate,” the top rung in their ratings. The two votes Chaney made that LFF didn’t like were his yes vote on the final state budget last year which allocated one-time funds to close a budget hole which still exists, and a bill to allow up to $100 million of state funds for select private attorney fees in litigating the BP oil spill.

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, though, was a big fan of the freshman Democrat. Chaney scored 100 percent with LABI, which rates his three-year performance at a healthy 89 percent.

Those are solid numbers. But as Louisiana moves to the right – a phenomenon Chaney’s switch only serves as further evidence of – he may need to stay ahead of the conservative wave.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: bubba; chaney; lousiana; realignment; republican; southerndems

1 posted on 02/09/2011 6:28:25 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal

Another one bites the dust


2 posted on 02/09/2011 6:31:21 PM PST by therightliveswithus
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To: LdSentinal

How this fine fine state goes about its affairs is always a sight to behold.

It just leaves your fingers all sticky.


3 posted on 02/09/2011 6:31:41 PM PST by Del Rapier
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To: LdSentinal

That dopey Stupak charade about abortion in ObamaCare convinced any true Christian Democrat that in fact their party works for Satan. Those “Catholic” holdouts will burn in the fire for their posturing; others will flee Satan’s Army now that the scales have fallen from their eyes.


4 posted on 02/09/2011 6:31:54 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: LdSentinal

In the arena of ideas, we are winning!


5 posted on 02/09/2011 6:34:09 PM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: LdSentinal

Patriots are coming forward to battle the fascist scum infesting our Whitehouse. Welcome Mr. Chaney.


6 posted on 02/09/2011 6:36:08 PM PST by sergeantdave (The democrat party is a seditious organization and must be outlawed)
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To: LdSentinal

Another Bubba comes over from the Dark Side.


7 posted on 02/09/2011 6:36:29 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: LdSentinal; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; Galactic Overlord-In-Chief; Norman Bates; ...

Wow, this trend is really strong. It bodes well for 2012, although a lot can happen in two years.


8 posted on 02/09/2011 6:37:33 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: Clintonfatigued

The dam continues to break in my home state. If it manages to wash out Mary Landrieu, I’ll be doubly happy.


9 posted on 02/09/2011 6:47:28 PM PST by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief (Our Joe Wilson can take the Dems' Joe Wilson any day of the week)
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To: LdSentinal

Are they just political opportunists or new RINOS or real converts? Keep your eyes on them.


10 posted on 02/09/2011 6:48:29 PM PST by RedMDer (Stimulus... hasn't stimulated ANYTHING but The TEA PARTY!!! - Sarah Palin)
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To: LdSentinal

2011 . . for Bubba to see the light.

Well, better late than never


11 posted on 02/09/2011 6:58:37 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat (The Rodney King Riots: Courtesy of ABC, CBS, NBC & CNN)
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To: LdSentinal

Guess this kinda negates the loss of NY rep. Chris Lee who resigned today.


12 posted on 02/09/2011 6:59:27 PM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: diverteach
No, this is a internal Lousiana state rep.

And just because Chris Lee resigned, it doesn't mean a Democrat replaced him. The seat is vacant.

Also, in California, Congresswoman Jane Harman (D) resigned two days ago. So Chriss Lee (R) and Jane Harman (D) cancel each other out.

13 posted on 02/09/2011 7:04:33 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: kearnyirish2
At the time, Stupak said ‘I trust Obama’ ( in reference to Obama’s promise to take abortion funding out of Obamacare). At the time I wrote, ‘I hope that sentence will be Stupak’s political epitaph’. Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner. Hopefully the Dems who fell for Obama’s ‘charm’ are realizing that they voted against the majority of Americans. I wish we could have a redo on that House vote now.
14 posted on 02/09/2011 7:08:58 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: LdSentinal

One assumes he is the very first Republican Bubba.


15 posted on 02/09/2011 9:07:37 PM PST by Elsiejay (.)
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To: LdSentinal

All the Louisiana registered Democrats I know vote republican. They grew up in the days from which the Democratic primary was the election as no republican ever got elected. With the closed primaries if you were not a registered democrat you had no say so in the election process.


16 posted on 02/09/2011 9:16:55 PM PST by BBell
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To: kearnyirish2
That dopey Stupak charade about abortion in ObamaCare convinced any true Christian Democrat that in fact their party works for Satan. Those “Catholic” holdouts will burn in the fire for their posturing; others will flee Satan’s Army now that the scales have fallen from their eyes.

It tells you that a Dem Is A Dem Is a Dem. Don't get faked out because he switch parties. He will revert back to his true roots if the situation calls for it. I would not accept him into the party - let him die on the vine when the conservative beats him out next term.

17 posted on 02/09/2011 9:51:28 PM PST by Digger ((If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election))
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To: Digger

‘It tells you that a Dem Is A Dem Is a Dem. Don’t get faked out because he switch parties’

Is that your judgment of Ronald Reagan?


18 posted on 02/10/2011 2:06:36 AM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Digger

‘It tells you that a Dem Is A Dem Is a Dem. Don’t get faked out because he switch parties’

Is that your judgment of Ronald Reagan?


19 posted on 02/10/2011 2:06:36 AM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

And I didn’t hear about State AG Buddy Caldwell till now (not a surprise). Landrieu is the last rat standing statewide.

Isn’t there another Special election for a State Senate seat coming up?


20 posted on 02/10/2011 4:32:44 AM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: LdSentinal

Good news indeed!


21 posted on 02/10/2011 4:54:27 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: Digger

These are Southern Democrats that are switching, often more conservative then Northern Republicans.


22 posted on 02/10/2011 4:55:56 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: Galactic Overlord-In-Chief

Won’t happen, don’t forget her name is Landrieu.


23 posted on 02/10/2011 7:50:35 AM PST by Raymann
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To: originalbuckeye

Stupak willingly made a deal with the Devil; I don’t buy the innocent tool crap. If he felt any conviction about abortion he would have left the Party of Evil (even if it ended his career); the myth of a “religious left” lives on.


24 posted on 02/10/2011 5:35:46 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: Digger

I wouldn’t want the invertebrate as a Republican, though he is probably to the right of many of our northeastern Republicans. The fact that they don’t simply declare themselves independents, socialists, or anything else indicates that they are part of the Dem machine that is destroying Christianity in this country.


25 posted on 02/10/2011 5:46:32 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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