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A Texas A democrat He shifted his ties to the Republican Party, to the party’s left-leaning police policies and the “mess” over the South. The border.
State Rep. Ryan Gillen announced at a press conference Monday that he would seek reelection for his South Texas seat as a Republican, saying the Democratic Party’s far-right values are no longer on its own.
In particular, Gillen cited the now-former party’s support for defrauding the police and the combined crisis on the southern border under President Biden.
The Rio Grande Valley border patrol encountered nearly 2,000 migrants in 24 hours, hundreds receiving former agents
“Friends, there is something going on in South Texas and many of us are alarmed that the values of those in Washington, DC are not our values, not those of most Texas,” Gillen said.
“The theory of cheating the police, destroying the oil and gas industry and the chaos on our borders is harmful to those of us who live in South Texas,” he continued.
The former Democrat won the 2020 election by nearly 17 points and has served in the Texas House for nearly two decades. Gillen’s switch is a win for Republicans as the party pushes to gain traction along the historically blue border.
Republican Governor Greg Abbott and Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan joined Gillen Declaration In Floresville.
“John Lujan’s disgusting victory earlier this month in a district with a high Hispanic population is already proving that Texans are bored by the failures of the Democratic leadership, and Ryan Gillen’s party change makes that point all the more clear,” Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) chairman Dee Duncan said in a statement Monday.
“Today’s Democrat leaders are focused on appeasing their marginalized left base by pushing teachers’ unions ahead of parents, pushing socialist tax and spending plans, and fighting for free border policies.
While working with his new GOP colleagues to “provide solutions to the people in his district,” Republicans welcomed Gillen “with open arms and look forward to working with him,” Duncan said.
Gilberto Hinojosa, president of the Texas Democratic Party, went after Gillen for the switch, attacking the newly minted Republican for “preferring to hold his job rather than stand for Texas.”
“We were disappointed to see him sell his soul and the South Texans, but we are excited to clear the field for a real Democrat race – we can trust to show our families and give the Texans first place.” Said Hinojosa. “Texas Democrats stand up for our values and fight the biggest problems facing Texas families – whether it’s fixing our disaster-hit power grid, getting more people’s health or working Texans have a real chance to move forward.”
“That’s clearly not a priority for Rep. Gillen,” he added. “Don’t let the door knock on the way out.”
The ongoing border crisis is a thorn in the side of the Biden administration – which Biden and Vice President Harris, who tapped earlier this year to oversee the border crisis, have largely ignored since taking office.
When Harris reminded NBC’s Lester Holt that she had not been to Europe earlier this year, she joked that she had not yet moved to the southern border.
Harris traveled to France last week Panned out For putting on a French accent while touring a laboratory in Paris. He had previously traveled to El Paso, Texas – not just across the border but near the center of the crisis, the Rio Grande Valley – to assess the border situation.
The effects of the border crisis could move the already growing Hispanic vote toward the Republican Party.
Houston Keen is a reporter for LBL Digital. You can find them on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.