Elbert Guillory, the black Republican state senator and viral video star from Louisiana, is out with a provocative new video attacking Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu for sipping “champagne at cocktail parties” while black residents back home are scrounging “together food stamps to buy Kool Aid.”
“Mary Landrieu first ran for Senate in 1996 promising to be a champion for the black community,” Guillory says in the video, filmed in Opelousas, La. “But 18 years later, little has changed.”
“Our communities are poorer than they were in 1996. Our schools continue to fail children,” he said. “And our jails are filled with young black men who should be at home being fathers.”
Says Guillory: “Meanwhile Mary Landrieu lives in a $2 million mansion on Capitol Hill.”
The video, shared first with The Daily Caller, was paid for by the Free at Last PAC and is being released Tuesday. Guillory is honorary chairman of the organization, which supports black Republican candidates for office.
Addressing black voters, Guillory says: “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.”
“But Mary Landrieu knows that she doesn’t have to do anything for our community, because no matter what she does, 95 percent of us will line up to vote for her,” Guillory says, “Every. Single. Time.”
Landrieu is fighting for her political life in Louisiana’s Senate election this year. She will face Republicans Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness in November. If neither gets 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote getters will face each other in December.
Polls show Cassidy leading Landrieu, who needs to turn out the black vote to win.
Guillory gained fame last year after leaving the Democratic Party and producing a YouTube video, “Why I Am a Republican.” In it, he urged other Democrats to abandon “the government plantation and the party of disappointment.”