Louisiana Democrat switches parties, boosting GOP supermajority

April 11, 2023

A Louisiana state representative is leaving the Democrats, padding the Republicans' supermajority by one vote. 

Former Democrat Jeremy LaCombe announced his decision Monday, without explaining the reason for it.

The news comes less than a month after another Democrat defected to the GOP, handing the party a veto-proof supermajority.

Louisiana Democrat switches parties

LaCombe was elected in 2019 by a comfortable margin, but he lost a bid for the state Senate last year. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, as the saying goes.

The state's Democrats say they trust that LaCombe's "values" haven't changed.

"House Democrats will continue to stand up for the working people of Louisiana," Democratic caucus chair Sam Jenkins said. "We look forward to working with Rep. LaCombe during this legislative session to increase wages, lower costs, improve our schools and pass insurance reform that benefit Louisiana families and small businesses."

Red shift

Like many southern states, Louisiana was once dominated by Democrats but has shifted to the GOP in recent decades. Despite being dominated by Republicans statewide, Louisiana has a Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards.

Democrats have dropped from 60 percent of the state's registered voters in 2000 to 39 percent, although they still outnumber Republicans by five percent.

In a symbolic moment, the state's longest serving legislator, Francis Thompson, joined the Republican party last month after 50 years as a Democrat. He cited the Democratic party's embrace of a radical, anti-Christian ideology.

“The push the past several years by Democratic leadership on both the national and state level to support certain issues does not align with those values and principles that are part of my Christian life,” Thompson said.

Radical Democrats leave nation behind

The Democratic party has left a huge swathe of the country behind with its embrace of trendy and increasingly militant "woke" politics.

The trend has only accelerated under President Biden, who campaigned as a so-called "moderate."

North Carolina Rep. Tricia Cotham made headlines last week when she announced she was leaving the Democratic party, giving North Carolina Republicans a veto-proof supermajority. She said she no longer recognized her party and had been "villainized" for expressing patriotism.

The Democrats' ruthless partisan discipline has no equivalent in the GOP, as South Carolina congresswoman Nancy Mace (R) reminded the country Monday by urging the Biden administration to ignore a federal court injunction against the abortion pill.


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