Louisiana Representative switches to Republican Party
By Tyler King
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana: State Representative Jim Fannin officially changed his affiliation to the Republican Party on July 10. He declined to announce his decision because he "didn't want a lot of fanfare." Fannin, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, said the Democratic Party has drifted too far to the left for him and his constituents. He said, "I just could no longer align myself with the views of the party, especially on national social issues like gun control and same-sex marriage that are growing to be a larger part of the state party’s agenda." He continued, "I’ve tried to bring the state party back to the center, but there doesn’t seem to be room for a Blue Dog like myself."