Saturday, June 25, 2011

The People vs. David Vitter

David Vitter was elected to the U.S. Senate by the good folks of Louisiana in 2004 and 2010. Here's his list:

  1. While a member of the Louisiana House Of Representatives from 1992-1999, Vitter successfully pushed through legislation setting term limits. When running for Congress in 1999, he refused to pledge to a voluntary term limit and has voted against a proposed constitutional amendment three times since.
  2. Vitter and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) were the only two senators to vote against Hillary Clinton's confirmation for the position of Secretary of State.
  3. After Jamie Leigh Jones alleged she was drugged and gang-raped by employees of Halliburton/KBR, Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) passed an amendment to the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill that would forbid federal contractors from forcing victims of sexual assault,  battery and discrimination from having to submit to binding arbitration, prohibiting the victim from going to court. Vitter voted against the amendment.
  4. In July 2007 Vitter's phone number was included in a published list of phone records of Pamela Martin and Associates, a company owned and run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, a/k/a the "D.C. Madam." She was prosecuted for running a prostitution ring. Keep in mind Vitter was elected to a House seat vacated by would-be Speaker of the House Bob Livingston who, wait for it, resigned due to an adultery scandal. Phone records show that Vitter called the "service" 5 times, including twice during House roll call votes. Vitter later stated, "I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling." Oh, and the statute of limitations have run out.
  5. Despite his "positions," Sen. Vitter advocates abstinence-only sex education: "Abstinence education is a public health strategy focused on risk avoidance that aims to help young people avoid exposure to teaching teenagers that saving sex until marriage and remaining faithful afterwards is the best choice for health and happiness."
Today's word for the wise: Hypocrite. A person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion.

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