BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The latest commercial by a candidate running for Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana is turning ears because of offensive language.
A commercial put out by Republican Senator Elbert Guillory's campaign in the race for Lt. Gov. includes an audio recording of former United States President Lyndon B. Johnson. In the recording, Johnson refers to blacks with the N-word.
"I say the ad is truthful and accurate. It is history, and it's important to history," said Guillory.
Guillory, a lawyer from Opelousas who was once a Democrat but switched parties, said he wants blacks to know that Democrats are not the only candidates they should consider voting for. He said Lyndon B. Johnson had a plan for the black vote.
"We have the highest rate of unemployment, the highest rate of mortality, the highest rate of drop outs. We are at the bottom step of the ladder in so many ways his plan worked," said Guillory.
Political insiders believe Guillory faces an uphill battle running against two other republicans and Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden, who is a Democrat. Political analyst Jim Engster said he believes the ad is a desperate attempt by Guillory to get his name out.
"He doesn't have a lot of money and he doesn't have a lot of time so this is kind of an 11th hour bomb that he is hurdling on the completion and aiming it at one man really, Mayor Kip Holden," said Engster.
The ad is currently airing in New Orleans and could soon be statewide.
Mayor Holden did not want to comment on the ad.