Sunday, October 20, 2019

LA: Washington Parish Sheriff Cites Second Amendment, Leaves Democrat Party

In Louisiana, Sheriff Randy Seal has been in office over seven years. After winning his latest election on 12 October, he switched parties from Democrat to Republican. He said:
 "The Democratic Party left me. I didn't leave them."
His stated reasons for switching party affiliation were all about policies. Sheriff Seal specifically mentioned the Second Amendment. 
After years in politics in Washington Parish as a Democrat, Seal, and his wife Sheila, walked into the parish registrar of voters office Monday and changed parties. Both are now Republicans.

Seal said he waited until after his Election Day win to change his affiliation, and is now the Republican sheriff of Washington Parish.

"I don't like what's going on in Washington," Seal said. "Don't care about abortion and Democrats support that. They are against the Second Amendment and I support the Second Amendment, and I am for closed borders. I think we ought to have rules. If we don't have rules, we have chaos."
The October 12th election was the primary election in Louisiana. If a candidate wins more than 50% in the primary, they are elected and do not have to defend their office in the 16 November general election.  This was an off year election in the primary. It drew record numbers of voters. The Republican party won a significant victory in the election. They won a super majority in the Senate. They have a majority in the House. There are 8 contested seats in the House. The Republicans need to win seven of those to win a super majority in the House as well. Governor Edwards (D) failed to win a majority. He will be defending his office in the general election on 16 November. Sheriff Seal won 53% of the vote in the primary on 12 October.

Washington Parish is a rural parish of about 47,000 population in Louisiana. The rural parish elections have been trending conservative; they have been gradually moving from traditional Democrat to Republican.

In 2016, Washington Parish voted for President Donald Trump by more than two to one. 5,692 votes were cast for Hillary Clinton; 12,556 votes were cast for Donald Trump, out of 18,628 votes total. President Trump received 67.4% of the vote; Secretary Hillary Clinton received 30.6% of the vote.

It may not have been a difficult decision to switch from decades of being a rural, conservative Democrat, to being a rural, conservative Republican.

Sheriff Randy Seal was correct when he said the Democrat party left him.

There is no issue where this is more clear than on support for the Second Amendment.

If Republicans gain the governorship in the general election in November, expect a strong run at passing Constitutional Carry in Louisiana.

Louisiana voted to enact a strong right to keep and bear arms state Constitutional amendment in 2012, with over 73% of the vote.  The official text on the ballot read:


Do you support an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Louisiana to provide that the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right and any restriction of that right requires the highest standard of review by a court?[4]
Legislative reform to Constitutional Carry will only be enacting in statute what the people have already voted into law as a state Constitutional amendment.

Infringements on the right to keep and bear arms are a losing proposition in Louisiana. The Democratic party has planted itself squarely against the Second Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms.

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1 comment:

ExpatNJ said...

Mr. Weingarten -

I first commented on this story October 20, 2019 (post below, with pre-approval link). But, I have not seen my post published. While it's possible my response was never received by your blog, it's also possible you felt it undeserving of merit.

I believe my post on this story was respectful, thoughtful and did not advocate any violent act, just as I have striven to make all my posts on your Blog. And, I find reader comments on other Blogs on similar topics often share a similar view.

As both your blog and 'The Captains Journal' are often cross-referenced, I would please draw your attention to Herschel Smith's comments on an almost identical story:

"This Sheriff wants to do the right thing, only as long as a black-robed tyrant tells him it's okay. His character is only good so far, and then he has to feed his family and stay out of prison."

Full disclosure: Herschel Smith had NO collaboration on the quote above.

I respect your right to edit comments and run your blog as you see fit. But, in light of Mr. Smith's comments on a similar situation, would you please re-evaluate my submission?

I have refrained from any further postings to your blog since I last commented on this article. If you would prefer I not submit comments to your blog, please let me know. In any case, I welcome your private or public comments.
Original Post:
"I commend Sheriff Seal for his alleged "support" of the 2A. But, carte-blanche approval must be reserved until Seal orates on these and other Law-Enforcement issues:
- 'Red-Flag' Laws
- 'Asset Forfeiture' (LE seizure of property without conviction of its owner, in violation of 4A, 5A)
- Surveillance: Does his department own a drone? a 'Stingray' (cell site simulator)?
- 'War-On-Drugs': Will Seal conduct 'no-knock' raids using Flash-Bang-Grenades (as in Cornelia, GA)?
- Is Seal willing to stop and arrest any US Federal Government agent who comes into his parish attempting to confiscate guns?
Until Sheriff Seal can be vetted as an Originalist, and shown to support the ENTIRE Constitution and Bill of Rights, then all that can be said here is, "Talk is cheap"."