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LA Senator's "Why I Am a Republican" video generating buzz

Opelousas Sen. Elbert Guillory released a video titled, "Why I Am A Republican" on Sunday, June 16 (Source: YouTube) Opelousas Sen. Elbert Guillory released a video titled, "Why I Am A Republican" on Sunday, June 16 (Source: YouTube)

A video posted Sunday by a Louisiana lawmaker is picking up steam online, and fueling talk of a new 'conservative superstar' in politics.

Opelousas Senator Elbert Guillory made headlines when he switched from the Democratic Party to Republican in late May as he accepted the "Frederick Douglass" award from the @Large Conference, a group dedicated to recruiting black conservatives. Douglass was a 19th-century abolitionist and a hero to black Americans.

On Sunday, he released a video explaining the move and urging others to join him in "abandoning the government plantation and the party of disappointment."

There is also speculation of a Jindal-Guillory ticket in 2015.

In early June, Guillory's named surfaced among potential candidates in the 2015 race for Lieutenant Governor, along with Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden and State Senator Rick Gallot.

Guillory's switch makes him the first black Republican in the Louisiana legislature since Reconstruction.

Guillory often votes conservatively on social issues, and he's been a regular ally of Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal. He was actually a registered Republican previously, switching to the Democratic Party in December 2006.

An attorney, Guillory is in his second term in the Louisiana Senate. Before he was elected to represent the state's 24th District in 2009, he served 5 years as a State representative.

State Democratic Party executive director Stephen Handwerk called the most recent party switch "a craven display of political opportunism."

Copyright 2013 KSLA. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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