David Vitter’s desperate last stand: He throws his wife under the bus — again


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Screenshot of a new spot by Sen. David Vitter exploiting last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.



By Robert Mann

Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, down in the polls in his race for Louisiana governor, is struggling to explain away his 2007 prostitution scandal. A race that was once his to lose is one he’s losing badly after his Democratic opponent, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, surprised everyone by turning the race into a referendum on Vitter’s questionable character.

And a race about character is one Vitter cannot win. Worse for Vitter, he is running out of time to change the campaign’s trajectory. The election is Saturday, Nov. 21.

First, Vitter tried in a series of spots to tie Edwards to President Obama. That failed. Next, he cut a spot in which he apologized – sort of – for appearing on the phone logs of the so-called “D.C. Madam.” That didn’t move his poll numbers.

So, Vitter went to north Louisiana to record a spot with Willie Robertson, the star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty.” Robertson’s willingness to appear with Vitter and forgive him made some news. It did not, however, make Vitter any more acceptable to the state’s voters. Even dragooning Vitter’s teenage son, Jack, into making a spot, in which he vouched for his dad’s decency, failed.

Despite everything Vitter has tried, the polls won’t budge. Edwards has consistently remained in the low to mid 50s in every independent statewide survey for the past two weeks. Vitter is stuck in the mid to high 30s.

That’s left Vitter with only one option before Saturday’s election: try to scare the hell out of Louisiana’s voters. Vitter’s new strategy is to stoke fear and xenophobia after Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

On Saturday, the day after the attacks, Vitter began making phone calls to voters with a recorded message that warned of “the potential for harm in our own backyard” because of Obama’s reported desire “to allow 10,000 Syrian refugees” into the country. “We can’t allow Obama to turn Louisiana into a dangerous refugee zone,” Vitter warned.

On Sunday, Vitter released a letter to the press that he had sent to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “As you know, New Orleans is expecting an influx of Syrian refugees, some of whom have already arrived,” Vitter wrote. “Based on all the information available to me, I have no confidence that these refugees are being fully and properly vetted to ensure they contain absolutely no terrorists elements.”

Vitter’s statement struck some observers as strange. That’s because his wife, Wendy Vitter, is general counsel for the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, the organization hosting most of the 14 Syrian refugees who have landed in Louisiana since January 2015.

Why Vitter didn’t ask his wife about those refugees was puzzling, unless one understands that Vitter’s letter was about nothing more than reviving his gubernatorial campaign by injecting terror into the state’s political bloodstream.

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5 Responses to David Vitter’s desperate last stand: He throws his wife under the bus — again

  1. Stephen Winham says:

    In addition to singing to his choir, this latest salvo has proven dangerous to the charities trying to help these people. One would think Sen, Vitter’s campaign people would realize these ads only appeal to the hard core base he already has and have the distinct potential of losing votes among those who are less firm in their support.

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  2. Spiderlily says:

    It is shameful for politicians to associate a terrorist attack with Syrian refugees who are desperately seeking asylum and shelter because of the threat of violence and anarchy in Syria. And, they are causing problems for an agency, Catholic Charities, which is working to help refugees.


  3. Stephen Winham says:


    Published just before Jindal stepped out of the mansion for a vanity session with the press.


  4. Fredster says:

    That Jack ad is almost as bad as Jindal’s ads using his kids.

    Apparently the ad Vitter ran, going to the dogs, didn’t help much with the canine vote.


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