Sen. Vitter Aide Resigns After Assault, DUI Arrests Come to Light
June 23, 2010
(ChattahBox)— Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), a hypocritical “family values” politician forced to admit to a “serious sin” two-years ago, when he was found to be a frequent customer of the D.C. Madam prostitution ring, has kept an aide on his staff having an extensive criminal background, including domestic assault and multiple drunk driving arrests. After ABC News brought the aide Brent Furer’s, troubling criminal history to light, he resigned on Wednesday. But why did Vitter keep Furer on his Capitol Hill staff, to work on “women’s issues” after repeated run-ins with the law, especially the 2008 domestic assault arrest, in which Furer menaced his girlfriend with a knife, stabbing her in her hand and neck, while holding her against her will, as he asked, “Do you want to die?” This is the question being asked of Sen. Vitter today.
According to ABC News’ report, Furer has a criminal background, dating back to the 90s. He has been arrested for driving under the influence at least three times, for cocaine possession and he was stopped for a road rage incident, resulting in Furer striking a motorcyclist, causing injuries.
An outstanding Louisiana warrant for Furer’s arrest stemming from a drunk driving incident, is also pending.
The arrest report details of his knife-wielding assault on his ex-girlfriend are particularly chilling. Furer, pleaded guilty to related charges, avoiding prison time:
“After drinking at a restaurant, the two returned to Furer’s Capitol Hill apartment, the report says. Furer “would not let her leave.” He “pulled on her coat, which caused it to rip,” then “pulled out a knife and stabbed [her] in the hand,” the police report says. “Charging documents allege that Furer became angry when he found phone numbers for other men in her blackberry. He smashed her phone when she tried to call 911, the records say, and he shoved her to the floor when she tried to leave, then held his hand over her mouth and threw her on a bed. Demopoulos told police Furer “uttered the words to her, ‘Do you want to get serious.’” Then, the arrest warrant states, Furer grabbed an unknown object and held it under her neck. The suspect asked the complainant, ‘Do you want to die?’ The complainant replies and she stated, ‘No, I don’t want to die.’”
After 90 minutes of terror, Furer let her leave, only after making her promise not to call the police. Demopoulos was taken to the hospital by ambulance, requiring eight stitches to treat a deep gash under her chin.
Vitter’s office was aware of the assault in 2008, but denies knowing about the multiple drunk driving charges. Vitter’s spokesman Joel DiGrado, said “Senator Vitter accepted the employee’s resignation today after learning of the other incidents.”
But as pointed out by ABC News, Vitter must have, at least known of Furer’s 2003 drunk driving arrest.
“Yet in 2003, after Furer pleaded guilty to driving drunk, a pastor who was Vitter’s regional director in Louisiana oversaw Furer’s court-ordered community service, and did so while Furer continued to work as a key paid staffer on Vitter’s first senate campaign.”
Despite Vitter’s unseemly association with the DC Madam case and allegations of frequent visits to New Orleans brothels over the years, he is running for reelection and is inexplicably leading his opponent in the polls.