David Vitter is Facing Conservative Calls for His Resignation–Plus Ethics Charges

David "Diapers" Vitter

It’s a little late but still well deserved. Louisiana Senator David Vitter suddenly has a higher profile because of the way Anthony Weiner was unceremoniously hustled out of the House of Representatives. Now a conservative Christian Group is calling on Vitter to resign, and an ethics group has accused him of bribery.

The president of the Christian conservative Family Policy Network sent Sen. David Vitter, R-La., a letter Monday (June 20) calling on him to follow the lead of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., and resign rather than leave Republicans and conservatives open to charges of hypocrisy.

Vitter admitted to a “serious sin” in 2007 after his phone number was found in the 2001 client records of a D.C. madam, when he was a member of the House.

Weiner resigned after first lying about and then admitting to “inappropriate” online communication with various women.

“There are a lot of people that I think are committing outright hypocrisy and are forced to do so as long as he (Vitter) remains in office,” said Joe Glover, the president of the Family Policy Network, based in Forest, Va. “I don’t think the senator should put those folks in the untenable position of having to pragmatically defend his presence in the Senate.”

In addition, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee, alleging that Vitter tried to “bribe” Ken Salazar, Obama’s Interior Secretary.

The complaint, filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), cites a letter that Vitter wrote to Salazar last month. In the letter Vitter said he would continue to oppose increasing Salazar’s paycheck by $19,600 until the secretary issued permits for new exploratory deepwater wells in the Gulf of Mexico.

In a five-page letter to committee Chairwoman Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Vice Chairman Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), CREW’s executive director Melanie Sloan detailed the allegation of Vitter’s “quid pro quo” and recommended that the committee refer matters to the Justice Department if they found the senator guilty of wrongdoing.

“Our country’s criminal laws apply to everyone, including senators,” said Sloan in the letter. “There is no exception to the bribery law allowing a senator to influence a department secretary’s official acts by withholding compensation.”

I believe that, and I know you believe that too. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if the Senates agrees with us.

Karma works in mysterious ways.

8 Comments on “David Vitter is Facing Conservative Calls for His Resignation–Plus Ethics Charges”

  1. Fannie says:

    He committed a serious CRIME

  2. The Rock says:

    Couldn’t be happening to a more deserving guy!!!


    Hillary 2012

  3. dakinikat says:

    The Republicans are only getting verbal about this now because Jindal is governor and he’d appoint another reactionary right wing Republican. They were conveniently closed-mouth when it occurred.

    • Allison says:

      I’m never cynical enough – my first thought was OK after all these years this “Christian” group wants him out – not because of his crime or low morals, but because he’s painting the Republicans in a bad light due to the Weiner thing?? So now on top of THAT it’s also because it’s a convenient time to come forward so they can replace him with another wing-nut?? As Sarah would say “Un-frikken-believable”….

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Well, if Jindal appoints himself at least you can get a different governor.

  5. foxyladi14 says:

    he should resign.now!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Peggy Sue says:

    The hypocrisy is pretty amazing anymore. Don’t dump Vitter because he acted like a sick puppy but because he’s making the GOP look bad. Whatever. This is deserving blowback from Brietbart’s so-called ‘journalism.’

    And then, we have to listen [though I refuse] to POTUS make a spectacle of himself about drawing down our ground troops in Afghanistan. Ten percent. And that’s ground troops only. We have thousands upon thousands of independent contractors with their less than clean boots on the ground.

    Talk about pandering for election purposes!

    So far [according to Dylan Ratigan] we’ve spent 128 billion dollars in Afghanistan for the calendar year, 2011. And this is only June!

    These pols are playing us for fools!