Originally elected as a Democrat, Elbert Guillory made national news by switching to the Republican Party in June of 2013. In a video statement, Guillory articulated why he chose to become a Republican, leveling his former party by proclaiming that "the Left is only concerned with one thing: Control. And they disguise this control as charity. Programs such as welfare, food stamps – these programs aren’t designed to lift Black Americans out of poverty. They were always intended as a mechanism for politicians to control the Black Community."