Skip to comments.Barras Newest State Representative To Switch From Dem To GOP (Louisiana)
Posted on 08/12/2011 2:12:56 PM PDT by LdSentinal
One of the states most conservative Democrat legislators is no more. Rep. Taylor Barras of New Iberia is the latest to abandon the Democrats and become part of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives.
And the Louisiana Committee for a Republican Majority, which had targeted Barras for a party switch, is pretty happy about it.
The economy in southwest Louisiana has been devastated by the Democrats moratorium on oil and gas drilling, said John Diez, the executive director of the conservative group founded by U.S. Sen. David Vitter. Led by Barack Obama and other Democrats in the U.S. Congress, thousands good paying jobs have been lost. Meanwhile as the number of jobs decrease, the size and cost of government has increased.
Vitter was pleased as well.
As a Republican, Taylor Barras can hold a key leadership position in the next legislative cycle. I hope Republicans throughout the state are as excited about Taylors switch as I am, he said.
Barras has long been considered as a reliable Democrat vote for conservative causes. He voted with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry 83 percent of the time and the Louisiana Family Forum 89 percent of the time.
And redistricting had a lot to do with the party switch, as the redrawn district Barras will represent voted 72 percent for Vitter in last falls U.S. Senate election. It wasnt so much a question of Barras facing annihilation at the hands of a GOP challenger as removing any reason a solid conservative would have for not switching; hes got an extremely Republican-friendly district that will let him be as conservative as he wants from now on.
Barras switch is another coup for LCRM, as his seat is one more success for the organization and the Republican Party as a whole. In 2005, the Louisiana House of Representatives had 40 Republican House seats, while Republicans held 16 seats in the Senate. Today, Republicans control both Chambers of the legislature with 56 seats in the House and 22 in the Senate. Thats a major change in a short time, though it has happened mostly without the pomp and circumstance of a single-cycle electoral rout.
It’s about damned time Louisiana, as a whole, switched. Outside of the black hole that is New Orleans.... LA is a conservative state. Maybe, Obama will finally drive them where they belong.
I actually worked on the campaign of a DEMOCRAT (words that can get you banned from FR ;-) ) when I lived in Southwest La. The guy was running for the State House, and he was as conservative (maybe, moreso) than I am. But, he’s Cajun... and, I just could NOT talk him into switching parties. They are traditionalist... to a fault.
Excellent - remember we lost a New York seat recently because of a special election - this counteracts the loss!
This is a state legislative seat, not a federal one.
My bad - but still happy about Louisiana. I lived in Baton Rouge for three years. Louisiana has to dump Mary Landrieu.