Guillory won’t run for U.S. Senate, eyes lt. governor

State Sen. Elbert Guillory, R-Opelousas, said he is most likely going to run for lieutenant governor in 2015, rather than pursue a U.S. Senate bid next year.

Guillory, 69, has seen his popularity rise among conservative circles since switching from the Democratic Party earlier this year. The change made him the only black Republican in the Louisiana Legislature.

Since then, Guillory has said he would consider running either for the Senate against Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., or for the lieutenant governor seat that Lt. Gov. Jay Darden is expected to vacate in his bid to become governor.

But Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, is the best-funded GOP candidate in the Senate race thus far and Guillory said he is no longer focusing on the potential Senate run.

“I would never say never, but I’m moving in the direction of the lieutenant governorship,” Guillory said.

He said being in the state, rather than in Washington, D.C., best connects him with helping Louisiana residents through job creation and education improvements.