Senator John Kennedy’s latest campaign ad critiques anti-police bias by telling critics to call on drug addicts for help when in danger.
“Listen, if you hate cops just because they’re cops, next time you get in trouble, call an addict,” the Louisiana Republican concluded in an ad posted Friday.
Mr Kennedy, a former Democrat who converted to the Republican Party in 2007, opened the ad by discussing the rise in violent crime in Louisiana and criticizing “wake-up leaders” who “blame the police.”
I know the difference between criminals and their innocent victims. pic.twitter.com/RKhHJEefpv
— John Neely Kennedy (@JohnKennedyLA) September 30, 2022
The 30-second scene features surveillance footage of hooded suspects apparently breaking into a residence and people brandishing guns at a gas station.
It also shows local media headlines about the crime case as Mr. Kennedy, 70, shares his opposition to laws that allow for the early release of violent offenders.
His staff told NOLA.com he was referring to his vote against the bipartisan First Steps Act passed during former President Donald Trump’s administration in 2018, which aims to reduce excessively long federal sentences.
Gary Chambers, the Democratic challenger to Kennedy, called the ad “absolutely racist” for not mentioning opioid or methamphetamine addicts “for trying to talk about a certain group of people you don’t care about.” damn service.” Louisiana since he was elected.”
Louisiana will hold a nonpartisan primary on November 8, followed by a general election on December 1 to determine who will serve the six-year term as US senator from the state.
New Orleans currently has the highest homicide rate in the nation: 52 homicides per 100,000 residents, according to WVUE-DT.