January 12, 2005


Judge makes historic party switch (BRETT TROXLER, 1/12/05, 2theadvocate.com)

A black judge in Baton Rouge announced Wednesday he is switching his political affiliation to the Republican Party.

A spokesman for the GOP said Lavergne's switch is the first time in the modern era that a black elected official made such a change.

Lavergne said the way he looks at it, he did not leave the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party left him.

"If you are labeled a Democrat you will be for more taxes, more spending by the federal government and more giveaways and you will continue to hold black people in poverty, and, as far as i'm concerned, enslavement economically," Lavergne said.

Lavergne was elected to the bench 12 years ago and had been a democrat all his life until the switch.

Let's give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they don't mean to say that when you stop being a Democrat you stop being a democrat.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 12, 2005 11:02 PM
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