Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen announced his defection from the Democratic Party to the Republicans this week, citing his opposition to democratic politics on southern border and stealing funds from the police.
Guillen revealed on Monday he would seek re-election in 2022 as a Republican, announcing that his “fiscally conservative, pro-business, and the pro-life values are gone in-step with the Democratic Party of today.”
He added that values of the seated Democrats in the capital was not the values of “most Texans”, And in particular noted the “ideology of defining the police, destroying the oil and gas industry and opening our borders “ as democratic values they have had “Disastrous consequences” in South Texas – located on the southern border with Mexico.
“I have found that my core beliefs align with the Republican Party. I’m sure mine switch today is right decision” Guillen concluded.
by Guillen announcement was celebrated by Republicans, including GOP President Ronna McDaniel and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who both welcomed him in party.
After 10 terms in office as a Democrat, I would like to welcome the Texas representative. @RyanGuillen to the Republican Party! Let’s keep this momentum in 2022!
– Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) November 15, 2021
Welcome to party of freedom, opportunity and prosperity @RyanGuillen.Like Dems move further left, are abandoning the people of South Texas and their values.Rep. by Guillen decision to switch parts is indicative of a changing landscape in Southern Texas. photo.twitter.com / 6gwEV0DNqB
– Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 15, 2021
Abbott also accused the Democratic Party of abandoning the people of Southern Texas.
Fellow state representative Chris Turner, however, accused he of submitting to the Republicans after redesigning his district.
“The Republicans have cynically gutted the Rep. Guillen district in the reorganization process, showing complete disrespect for both he and his constituents … Usually, people in Ryan’s position would choose to fight. Instead, he chose to join they,” Turner stated.
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