Explosive ad in governor's race set to hit airwaves

Explosive ad in governor's race set to hit airwaves

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The gloves are off in the runoff for Louisiana's next governor. An explosive new political ad from the John Bel Edwards campaign will hit the airwaves Saturday during the LSU-Alabama football game.

Part of the ad questions David Vitter's integrity saying, "John Bel Edwards, who answered our country's call and served as a ranger in the 82nd Airborne division, or David Vitter, who answered a prostitute's call minutes after he skipped a vote honoring 28 soldiers who gave their lives in defense of our freedom." The ad goes on to say, "David Vitter chose prostitutes over patriots."

Meanwhile, Vitter's campaign continues to compare Edwards to President Obama. One ad says, "Voting for Edwards is like voting to make Obama Louisiana's next governor."

FOX 8 political analyst Mike Sherman says this is going to be an intense two weeks leading up to the runoff.

"John Bel Edwards knows that to become a Democratic governor in the state of Louisiana, you need to put together a new coalition and find something to distinguish your candidacy against your opponent," Sherman said.

And some might find Edwards' latest ad surprising, considering he said this at his victory speech on election night: "I want you to brace yourself because this is going to be a real tough runoff to watch unfold on TV, and I'm sorry about that, I'm not going to be the one doing it."

We contacted the Vitter camp asking for an interview regarding Edward's latest ad, but instead they gave us this quote from the co-chairman of Veterans for Vitter, Army Col. Evans Spiceland: "As a veteran, I think it's disgusting that John Bel Edwards is using veterans' grave stones in a gutter political attack ad. This ad is a disgrace to those of us who actually live by the honor code."

"It's not surprising the Vitter camp needs to try to defend this. To date he has avoided discussing his 'serious sin.' John Bel Edwards is putting Senator Vitter in a position in these final two weeks to challenge him to talk about that serious sin or face the repercussions," Sherman said.

The Edwards campaign sent out a news release Friday announcing they would be running the new ad.

"David Vitter's hypocrisy should not go unchecked, and this is yet another reason why Louisianans can't trust him," said Edwards campaign spokeswoman Mary-Patricia Wray.

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