Texas state Rep. Ryan Guillen announced on Monday he will run for reelection as a Republican, switching from the Democratic Party over concerns with defunding the police and border issues.
Guillen made the announcement during a press conference on Monday that blasted President Joe Biden and the left’s increasingly radical policies.
“Friends, something is happening in South Texas, and many of us are waking up to the fact that the values of those in Washington, D.C., are not our values, not the values of most Texans,” Guillen said, according to Fox News.
“The ideology of defunding the police, of destroying the oil and gas industry and the chaos at our border is disastrous for those of us who live here in South Texas,” he added.
“Welcome to the party of freedom, opportunity & prosperity @RyanGuillen,” Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted.
“As Dems move further left, they’re abandoning the people of South Texas & their values,” he added. “Rep. Guillen’s decision to switch parties is indicative of a shifting landscape in South Texas.”
Welcome to the party of freedom, opportunity & prosperity @RyanGuillen.
As Dems move further left, they’re abandoning the people of South Texas & their values.
Rep. Guillen’s decision to switch parties is indicative of a shifting landscape in South Texas. pic.twitter.com/6gwEV0DNqB
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 15, 2021
Guillen’s switch may lead to other moderate Democrats leaving the party as well. If so, the “red wave” of the 2021 elections may spread even more in 2022.