Wednesday, September 15, 2010


From Wikipedia:

D.C. Madam

In early July 2007, Vitter's phone number was included in a published list of phone records of Pamela Martin and Associates, a company owned and run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, also known as the "D.C. Madam", convicted by the U.S. government for running a prostitution service. Hustler identified the phone number and contacted Vitter's office to ask about his connection to Palfrey. The following day, Vitter issued a written statement:

“This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible. Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there — with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way.”
The statement containing Vitter's apology said his telephone number was included in phone records dating from his days as a member of the House of Representatives. Phone records show that Vitter's number was called by Palfrey's service five times, the first on October 12, 1999, and the last on February 27, 2001. Two calls were placed while House roll call votes were in progress.

On July 16, 2007, after a week of self-imposed seclusion, Vitter emerged and called a news conference. Standing next to his wife, Vitter asked the public for forgiveness. Following Vitter's remarks, Wendy Vitter, his wife, spoke. Both refused to answer any questions.

As background, several news outlets reported that in May 1999, Vitter replaced Congressman Bob Livingston after Livingston resigned due to an adultery scandal. Vitter said about Livingston's decision to resign, "It's obviously a tremendous loss for the state. I think Livingston's stepping down makes a very powerful argument that Clinton should resign as well and move beyond this mess", referring to Bill Clinton's Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Vitter will not face criminal charges due to the statute of limitations.

Vitter incurred significant legal and public relations expenses in his efforts to avoid giving testimony in the Palfrey trial and to respond to the ethics complaint. Consequently, his attorneys sought permission from the Federal Election Commission to use campaign funds to pay for these expenses. The Commission, along partisan lines, couldn't agree whether funds could be used for reimbursing costs related to the Palfrey trial but did allow them to pay for expenses connected to the Ethics Committee complaint.


Canal Street Madam

On July 10, 2007, Jeanette Maier, the "Canal Street Madam", alleged that Vitter was a customer on more than one occasion in the 1990s, when Maier was identified by federal prosecutors as operating a $300 per hour brothel. The Times-Picayune reported that "Maier offered no evidence or documents to support her claim."


Yeah, I've written about this before, back when the news first broke, but the primaries are over and it's now the final stretch before the general election in November, and this is definitely worth pounding away at. That, and I just ran across
a cool smear site put together by the Louisiana Democratic Party that shows this fab video:

It hasn't been decided in a court of law, but everything, his name on the DC Madam's list, the local hooker calling him out, and his own apology for his "sin," makes it pretty clear that he did it. I mean, he's essentially admitted it: David Vitter cheats on his wife and pays money to have sex with prostitutes.

Now, as I wrote a couple of years back, I'm not particularly outraged by this in itself. There are some good arguments out there on the ethics and morality of prostitution, how it exploits and abuses women, but there are also some compelling arguments on the other side. Really, I'm on the fence on prostitution. And I very strongly believe that marital fidelity is a matter of importance only to two individuals who are married to each other; that is, if one spouse cheats on another, it's their business, their problem to solve, and nobody else's.

It's just that Vitter is such a family values asshole, your typical Republican elitist hypocrite. So fuck him. Throw him out of office. Throw him in jail. Run his name through the mud. That's what happens to politicians who get caught with their hand in the cookie jar, right? Well, not in this case. In this case, absolutely nothing happened. Prostitute user and anti-sex rhetorician David Vitter experienced absolutely no consequences for breaking the law, and not only lying about it, but running his mouth ad infinitum about how terrible anything but traditional heterosexual sex within the bonds of holy matrimony is.

He really is swamp scum, and this is something both the left and right can agree on. Let's vote that fucker, and I do mean "fucker," out of office. C'mon, something's got to happen to him. He's a lying criminal, for god's sake!

On the other hand, this state's got some weird affection from time to time for lying criminals occupying high office. I guess we'll see come November.