The Red Wave is moving in.
Ryan Guillen, a Dem Texas state rep, has announced he is switching to the GOP.
State House lawmaker Ryan Guillen becomes a Republican, as GOP makes gains in southern Texas | Just The News https://t.co/ZquNOlAQOm
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) November 15, 2021
Longtime Democratic state Rep. Ryan Guillen of Rio Grande City, Texas, announced Monday that he is switching parties.
He made the announcement at a press conference in which he was joined by GOP Gov. Greg Abbott and Republican House Speaker Dade Phelan of Beaumont.
“Friends, something is happening in south Texas, and many of us are waking up to the fact that the values of those in Washington, D.C., are not our values, not the values of most Texans,” Guillen told attendees. “The ideology of defunding the police, of destroying the oil and gas industry and the chaos at our border is disastrous for those of us who live here in South Texas.”
Republicans have been striving to make inroads in south Texas following an underperformance in the region by now-President Joe Biden and Democratic candidates in 2020. Guillen’s decision to switch his party alignment is also the result of a GOP-led redistricting process that turned Guillen’s district from a Republican-leaning area, to a solidly red one — though the politician easily won reelection last year as a Democrat.
He was a Democrat for 10 terms!
After 10 terms in office as a Democrat, I’d like to welcome Texas Rep. @RyanGuillen to the Republican Party!
Let’s keep this momentum going into 2022!
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) November 15, 2021
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