Chairman Villere Welcomes Rep. Champagne to the GOPPosted in Press Releases Posted by Administrator on Jun 29, 2010
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June 29th, 2010
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Chairman Villere Welcomes Rep. Champagne to the GOP
New Iberia - Tonight, Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere joined Louisiana State Representative Simone Champagne (District 49) at Landry’s Seafood and Steakhouse in New Iberia where Rep. Champagne announced that she is changing her party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.
“Although I was elected as a Democrat in 2007, I have concluded after much discussion and prayer that I can no longer affiliate myself with a party that does not reflect my core values and beliefs,” said Representative Simone Champagne. “The differences between the two major parties both in Louisiana and in Washington, D.C. have never been clearer and I must align myself with the party that most closely represents my vision for the 49th District and the future of this great state.”
Republican Party of Louisiana Chairman Roger Villere welcomed Representative Champagne to the GOP. “With today’s decision, Rep. Champagne adds her name to a growing list of Democrats disaffected by their leadership’s pursuit of an increasingly liberal agenda,” said Chairman Villere. “We’re proud to count Rep. Champagne as the newest member of the Grand Old Party.”
Rep. Champagne’s announcement and the election of a Republican to replace retiring Representative Wayne Waddell (R-District 5) will result in the next legislative session beginning with 51 Republicans, 51 Democrats, and 3 independents.
“This is exciting news for the Republican Party of Louisiana,” said Chairman Villere. “Prior to the legislative elections in 2007, Democrats had a 16 seat majority in the House of Representatives and today’s announcement means that deficit has been cut to zero.”