(AL.com) – In the first television ad of his re-election campaign, Sen. Doug Jones invoked the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement that reignited after the unarmed black man died in police custody in Minnesota, calling on Alabamians to “join me” on “the road to racial justice.”
The 30-second spot, which began airing in Alabama on Tuesday morning and is titled “Together,” features Jones staring directly into the camera while discussing the push for equality that gained momentum following Floyd’s death May 25.
“As he lay dying, George Floyd cried for his mama and pleaded for his life: ‘I can’t breathe.’ As we witnessed his death together the world changed,” Jones says in the ad. “Across Alabama folks are struggling with seeing this injustice and inequality and wanting to see that end. We cannot let this moment pass. The road to racial justice has taken far too long—but it’s a journey that we must make and we must make it together. Come join me.”
Jones will square off against the winner of the July 14 Republican runoff between ex-Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville and former U.S. Sen. and ex-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
(Howard Koplowitz, AL.com)