Louisiana Republican state senator Elbert Guillory released a hard-hitting ad against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D., La.) on Tuesday, saying that the Democrat has done nothing for the black community in her 18 years in the senate.
"Mary Landrieu first ran for Senate in 1996 promising to be a champion for the black community. Eighteen years later, little has changed," Guillory says, standing on a street corner in Opelousas, La. "Our communities are poorer than they were in 1996. Our schools continue to fail our children. Our jails are filled with young black men who should be at home being fathers. Meanwhile Mary Landrieu lives in a $2 million mansion on Capitol Hill."
The ad was produced by Guillory’s Super PAC Free At Last.
"You’re not Mary Landrieu’s cause and you’re certainly not her charity," Guilory said. "You are just a vote, nothing less and nothing more. For her you’re just a means to an end so that she remains in power. While you scrounge together food stamps to buy Kool Aid, she sips champagne at cocktail parties. While you dig through the couch looking for gas money, she flies around in private jets funded by taxpayer dollars."
"What Mary Landrieu knows is she doesn’t have to do anything for our community, because no matter what she does 95 percent of us will line up and vote for her every single time," he said.
Guillory notes that black unemployment and the poverty rate has doubled since Landrieu’s time in office, and hit the Democrat for reports that questioned her residency in Louisiana.
"Mary hasn’t helped us at all," he said. "So on November 4th, let’s send her back home to her father’s house or to her mansion in Washington, D.C., or to wherever the heck she lives because one thing is for sure: she does not live here on Academy St. on the hill."
Recent polling shows Landrieu’s Republican opponent Rep. Bill Cassidy leading by three points in a close race that is likely headed for a runoff this December.