On Friday, he found himself in the middle of a political debate with Louisiana House of Representative member, Ted James, of Baton Rouge. The issue was the alleged government dependency of Guillory's constituencies.
The conversation became even more heated as the men became more dogged in their respective positions.
Bayoubuzz Note: The following is from a Democratic Party press release. The Democratic Party asserts in its email, that Guillory "called his legislative colleague, state Rep. Ted James, a 'chihuahua' and hung up on the interview". In fairness, that is a clear overstatement as the Senator, was referring to his James' behavior, not, his pedigree.
While there is no indication that Guillory is pursuing the Mexican or canine vote, the comment is making quite a howl in the political community.
“Son, you don’t know what I assume, you don’t know what I think and you don’t know what I do. And you should stop this chihuahua yapping and talk about issues that we have to deal with.”
Rep. Ted James:
“I’m talking about…”
“I work in our community every day, and those men that you are talking about and assuming that I am talking down to, these are the guys who are in my neighborhood, they know me by first name, we work together. We have found temporary employment for some. It’s very hard to find jobs when the Democrat Party is spending trillions of dollars building bridges and highways overseas in foreign countries while our bridges and highways crumble and our workers sit idle and cannot get jobs.”
“I would venture to say that the 200,000 plus jobs that we created in October are because of policies by the Democrats, and some of them have been agreed upon by Republicans. The governor, who you support 100 percent, he has been an excellent governor for economic development. And I stand here as a Democrat and I could, you know, say some nice things about him.
“But I’m not assuming anything. You just stated that you’re looking outside the window and these guys are waiting on a government check. And I just don’t believe that all of the young men in Opelousas are sitting there waiting on a handout from the government. And I believe that a lot of them could benefit from a fair minimum wage. Their wives, their sisters, their nieces could benefit from equal pay for equal work. Those are policies that Democrats support. Those are policies that Senator Landrieu supports. And I would think that there are some people in Opelousas right outside of your office, probably some of your law clients, that could benefit from expanded Medicaid, which you don’t support. And those are policies that Democrats are trying to give and they will directly impact the people that you’re looking out of your window at.”
“Actually, son, I voted to support that Affordable Healthcare Act, I voted to keep it alive. So, listen I tell you what, Jim, I’ve enjoyed talking with you. I’m not going to participate in this little charade. If you want to deal with issues, I’ll be happy to do that. But to sit around and have some little chihuahua yapping at my heels is not my idea of radio.”
“Well if you’ll stay I’d appreciate it. Will you stay Senator? You’re the one who called Representative James a name. [dial tone] And there he goes.”