How will sex scandals shape Louisiana’s political future?

Louisiana State Capitol, Baton Rouge

Louisiana State Capitol, Baton Rouge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Robert Mann

Louisiana and New York are different in so many ways. Louisiana is mostly rural; New York is predominately urban. We’re a red state; they’re reliably blue. They have gay marriage; we have covenant marriage. But when it comes to politics, we have much in common.

If you’ve been reading the New York papers, you’ve probably noted that everyone in Albany seems to be wearing a wire these days. Baton Rouge is also consumed with the intrigue of criminal inquiries — a brewing health care scandal attracting the attention of federal and state investigators.


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3 Responses to How will sex scandals shape Louisiana’s political future?

  1. Milford Fryer says:

    Excellent commentary, Bob. However, I would hope that in addition to his checkbook sex, someone would point out that Vitter has always tried to pretend partyline rhetoric is a viable substitute for accomplishements and ability. I don’t know who will run, but of the two you mentioned, Jay Dardenne has actually run two different state departments; Vitter has run from the press. Surely, Bob Dole had David Vitter in mind when he said the Republican Party needed to hang a sign saying it was closed for repairs. And the Religious Right’s support of Vitter disqualifies them from criticizing any other candidate of any party.


  2. Ginger Rushing says:

    I have been waiting, and waiting and waiting for someone other than me to bring the David Vitter affair up again. He has never been held accountable for his actions, which if they are true, are criminal. When someone holds themselves up to be the model of morality, and the leader of the family morality brigade and has been payiong pays prostitutes for sex…..well, some questions need to be asked. Questions that have never been asked, much less answered. Anthony Weiner’s actions were disgusting and very inappropriate for anyone but I don’t think they were criminal. That is the difference. On top of that, David Vitter has done nothing to help Louisiana, nothing. He has towed his party line like Bobby J and left Louisiana out in the cold. I have had enough of both of them and hope and pray that if Vitter runs, someone will make him answer those questions.


  3. Stephen Winham says:

    Since everybody already knew about Vitter’s sex scandal, Charlie Melancon was able to take the high ground and not make it an issue in the election. If not enough people cared about it then, why should they now? Anthony Weiner’s sex scandal was even weirder than Vitter’s, yet he is being treated as a serious candidate. William Jefferson Clinton is now, arguably, our most respected U. S. elder statesman. I think there is sufficient evidence sex scandals do not political doom spell. Senator Vitter and Governor Jindal, as Ginger Rushing points out, tow the party line and that is apparently all their supporters care about.

    One reason Edwin Edwards has such current popularity is that Governor Jindal makes him look good. Like Jindal, Edwards is very smart and, particularly early on, used the same kind of influence over the legislature to move his agenda forward. Edwards is a colorful former federal convict, but he is not a hypocrite. He raises legitimate issues about the Jindal administration and is not defensive about his past.

    People have proven they are willing to forgive sexual indiscretions even when they reach the level of criminal acts. To err is human; to forgive, divine [Pope]. What they should never be willing to excuse is sheer hypocrisy and clear betrayal of the public trust. Vitter is at the least guilty of the former, Jindal of both.


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