Vitter Cruises Through Primary, Despite Hooker Scandal

August 29, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Primaries were held in Louisiana and West Virginia yesterday. And despite the sexual scandals plaguing the “family values” Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), he easily beat out his closest Republican challenger, former State Supreme Court justice Chet Traylor, on Saturday. Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA) also won his senatorial primary race with ease. And in West Virgina, Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin, trounced his opponents in a special election to fill the late Sen. Robert Byrd’s seat.

Vitter’s admitted ” serious sin,” committed as a regular client of the so-called DC Madam and controversy over a close aide tasked to work on women’s issues, whom was arrested for kidnapping and stabbing a former girlfriend, did not seem to resonate with the Republican primary voters.

“Vitter’s number was found in phone records of a Washington-area escort service, from before he ran for the Senate. He never disclosed details of his involvement, but with his wife at his side apologized to “all those I have let down.”

“Traylor was a late entrant to the race. When he announced his challenge, Traylor said that “we wouldn’t be in this position if we had a senator who could get results.” He ran a radio ad targeting Vitter over “family values,” and cited the arrest of Vitter’s aide on charges he assaulted a female friend.”

But Traylor had his own sexual scandals to overcome, and his campaign never took hold.

The real test for Vitter will come in the November general election, when moderate Republican voters and Independents may be swayed to vote for conservative Blue Dog Rep. Charlie Melancon, over a “family values” candidate with a taste for hookers.

“In his statement Saturday night, Melancon referred to controversies that surrounded Vitter, saying “as we educate voters about my positive plans for putting Louisiana first and contrast it with David Vitter’s hostility toward women, veterans and Louisiana families, I know we’ll win in November.”‘

Gov. Manchin, as a solidly conservative and popular Democrat, stands a good chance of defeating opponents Republican John Raese and Mountain Party candidate Jesse Johnson, in the November mid-terms. The winner would complete the two-years remaining on Bryd’s term.

Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/dsb nola /Derek Bridges/Louisiana Senator David Vitter at 9/12 Tea Party event on 9/19/09 (rain delay) at a Holiday Inn in Covington, LA.


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