Democrat In Texas Defects To Republican Party

In an announcement put out this past Monday, Ryan Guillen, a Texas state representative, stated that he was planning to leave the Democratic Party and join the ranks of Texas Republicans.

“Something is happening in South Texas. Many of us are waking up to the fact that the values in Washington D.C. are not our values in South Texas,” stated the state rep as part of an announcement that saw the attendance of many key Republican leaders, including the likes of Governor Greg Abbott.

“I’m proud to continue voting the way I have and not doing so against my party,” continued the state rep.

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Being part of the Texas state legislature since all the way back in 2003, Guillen has very often seen himself in a stance of opposition with his party on many headline issues such as gun rights and abortion. He also blended his support to a bill about constitutional carry in Texas and even backed the controversial Texas Heartbeat Act, which is a pro-life bill that was set in place to ban abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat could be detected.

“After much consideration and prayer with my family, I feel that my fiscally conservative, pro-business, and pro-life values are no longer in-step with the Democrat Party of today, and I am proudly running as a Republican to represent House District 31,” read a statement put forth by the now-former Democrat.

As reported by The Texan, “For four out of the last five legislative sessions, Guillen was rated the most conservative Democrat in the Texas House — in the fifth, he was ranked the second-most conservative.”

The announcement of his leaving from the Democratic Party was heralded as a very good thing by both national and state Republicans alike.

“Rep. Guillen has been a friend for many years, and I am proud to welcome him to the Republican Party,” stated Matt Rinaldi, the Chairman of the Texas GOP.

“Following this month’s Republican victories in Virginia and in Texas HD 118, this is yet another example of how the increasing extremism of the Democratic Party has alienated Texans who care about smaller government, strong families, safe communities, and the protection of the unborn,” stated the Chairman, “Those people have a home in our party.”

Ronna McDaniel, the Republican National Committee chairwoman, also pointed out that the switch from Guillen marks a prelude to the massive gains that GOP are suspected to get in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.

“The Republican Party is the party of faith, freedom, and opportunity, and we will continue to stand for these ideals in Texas and across the country,” she stated, “With trailblazers like Representative Guillen, we will continue to make gains in South Texas and grow the party in our way to victories up and down the ballot in 2022.”

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