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Sen. Vitter Resents Comparisons with Ex-Gov. Spitzer

Double standard? What double standard?

If you ask Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), his past "sin" involving call girls is different from that of disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. And those who dare to compare the two cases, he says, are the types of folks who disagree with the senator on "important issues like immigration."

That's what Vitter told a reporter with the Independent Weekly news magazine based in Lafayette, La., who was lucky enough to have his home phone number chosen to be included in an automated telephone town hall conference with Vitter last week.

As the reporter writes on the magazine's web site today, he first asked Vitter where he stands on extending H2B workers visas. Then he asked a second question:

"New York Democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer just resigned today after it was revealed that he had an affair with a prostitute. I also just read an editorial in the Ouchita Citizen today that noted if Spitzer resigns, you should resign also over your past transgression. How do you respond to people who say that there's a double standard at work here?"

The reporter noted that toward the end of his question "an automated message informed me that I was now in 'listen-only mode.'"

Vitter replied to the town hall question, saying, "I made a very serious mistake a long time ago, and I have to live with that every day. That's not a flippant statement. I need to spend my whole life making up for that."

The Independent Weekly reporter noted that Vitter "sounded genuine and contrite."

"Then his tone turned a bit defiant," the reporter writes.

Vitter reportedly replied, "Anybody who looks at the two cases will see that there is an enormous difference between the two of them. The people that are trying to draw comparisons to the two cases are people who've never agreed with me on important issues like immigration and other things."

Immigration, prostitution -- who can keep it all straight these days?

The prostitution scandal that became Spitzer's demise dredged up Vitter's role in the so-called D.C. Madam's case, which forced Vitter to admit to a "very serious sin" after his phone number showed up several times on Deborah Jeane Palfrey's client list when Vitter was a U.S. House member.

Liberal and conservative writers alike in Louisiana have been turning up the heat on Vitter to resign in the wake of the Spitzer scandal, including Republican
Christopher Tidmore, who first reported on Vitter's alleged tryst with a French Quarter hooker in New Orleans. As he writes on BayouBuzz.com, "For the Republic, Senator, for Louisiana, it's time to go."

The Gambit Weekly, a New Orleans weekly, says Vitter should resign. So does the publisher of the decidedly conservative Ouachita Citizen.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 19, 2008; 12:50 PM ET
 
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"Anybody who looks at the two cases will see that there is an enormous difference between the two of them."

Such as, Mr. Vitter? Surely you have something of substance to back your statement? Or was it just an opportunity to add one more thing to the list of acts the liberal bogeyman is responsible for?

Posted by: Tim B | March 19, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

The actions are both illegal by an elected official that makes laws and should be held to a higher standard. If you aren't going to hold them to a higher standard at least hold them to a standard that is applied to everyone. Vitter should be gone, but the GOP won't do it because they want the seat. They weren't afraid of losing the seat in Idaho however.

Posted by: mm | March 19, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Vitter is a bible pounding, intellectually immoral, church-gping sinner and total hypocrite sell-out.

His case and Spitzer's are identical.

All hypocrites need to be driven from office.

Posted by: JBE | March 19, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

How come Senator David Vitter (R) and Singing Senator Larry Craig (R) can be dealt a major blow and remain in office and Osama bin Laden can be a man of faith and receive no major blow and remain on the hunt against the American Taliban. Why doesn't someone please give Osama bin Laden a major blow so we can impeach him!

Posted by: Singing Senator | March 19, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Yeah right Mr. Vitter, this coming from diaper man himself.

Posted by: Betsy | March 19, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Spitzer is a skank

Posted by: Anonymous | March 19, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Betsy, Vitter is not an Arab.

Posted by: BHO | March 19, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

This guy is such a fool.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | March 19, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: votenic | March 19, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

If you go to You Tube and search Vitter, there's a clip of him on the Senate floor saying that marriage is the most important institution in the history of forever. The worst sort of hypocrite, and a Bush-enabler of the first order. Louisiana needs to get rid of him.

Posted by: blogenfreude | March 20, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Yup...There's a BIG difference.

While both men are hypocrites, when Spitzer got busted, he immediately admitted his transgression and resigned for the good of the Party, his family and to try to reclaim some semblance of honor in a dishonorable position.

Vitter, on the other hand, is still there, still in total denial and still has NO idea how utterly despicable his latest self-serving excuses make him seem.

While Spitzer is not someone to be admired...Vitter is scum and so is the Party leadership that has allowed him to remain in a position of reponsibility and trust!

Posted by: PETE TENNEY | March 20, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Yup...There's a BIG difference.

While both men are hypocrites, when Spitzer got busted, he immediately admitted his transgression and resigned for the good of the Party, his family and to try to reclaim some semblance of honor in a dishonorable position.

Vitter, on the other hand, is still there, still in total denial and still has NO idea how utterly despicable his latest self-serving excuses make him seem.

While Spitzer is not someone to be admired...Vitter is scum and so is the Party leadership that has allowed him to remain in a position of reponsibility and trust!

Posted by: PETE TENNEY | March 20, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

ROTFLOL! There is no gradation of sin. If Spitzer is guilty so is Vitter. He needs to resign. What is it that the Republicans can do wrong things and hang in there but there is a firestorm when the same sanctimonious type Democratic politicians do the same. The media bias certainly shows.

Posted by: deb | March 20, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Yup, I agree with you Pete! "Vitter certainly is a total scumbag in complete denial!" It definitely looks like the Republican Senators, and Representatives, have hypocritical views. One for them, and the other for Democrats who commit the same ugly, hurtful, disgusting, inhumane, marriage-destroying sins.

Posted by: Judy | March 20, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

If there's one thing Americans can get excited about, it's sex.Whether it's Clinton, Craig, Vitter or Spitzer, it's energy fuel for the media. However, I respectfullly submit the kind of hypocrisy that we see from Washington every day regarding "victory,""freedom" and "democracy" is just as disgusting, just as degrading to our country and just as deplorable.
We'd all be better off if we concentrated on that kind of duplicity......

Posted by: Dick Brandlon | March 21, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Vitter is exactly what's wrong with our electoral system as it stands today. The people that elect losers like Vitter can be quickly identified as losers too, otherwise, why put a fool like him in office unless they don't understand what fools they are as well? It's the same for the fool we have in the White House. Why in hell would America elect a man so far over his head that it makes our collective head's spin in total frustration and anger? Only when the American people exercise their own sound judgement and stop reelecting the scam artists will our government start to have some character.

Posted by: nononsense1 | March 21, 2008 7:11 AM | Report abuse

for a party that rode into power on a platform of morals and term limits, the R's do not seem to be a slave to either once they gained power. look at the difference between Newt and Pres. Clinton. newt is a serial aldulterer(2 time offender as far as known) who was 2 heart beats from the oval office having sex with an intern, yet he felt free to push for impeachment charges vs. clinton. maybe vitter and spitzer should have consulted bill and newt on how to get sex w/o running up huge am.ex. charges?

Posted by: david-fahey | March 24, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

http://x-wire.blogspot.com/2008/03/paul-helmke-adulterer-white-collar.html
heres another adultery/white collar scandal for you!
paul helmke is a "yell law skool" pal of the clintons
He is also a documented adulterer, and admitted "non-inhaler"(like his buddies bill and hillary
he is currently all over the internet for his role as point amn for the brady center/campaign/dc-gun ban case.
I am a victim of his illegal activities, by exposing political corruption/improprieties.
I have available all documentation, via my local library, and other documentable sources, archives, and city public records from his 12 year mayoral administration.
heres hoping the investigative spirits of woodward and bernstein vindicate me. because my local media, and local police/court system wont act. the governor( Mitch Daniels) finally had his state police, and excise raid the illegal gambling(1992-2005) but no further prosecution, nor actions have been taken to indict the guilty- cops. prosecutors, politician, judges, and so on.
i also have an e-mail paper trail as well.
this is as big as this case: http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2006/May-28-Sun-2006/photos/galardi_pointing.pdf
thank you for investigating this.
please post to my blog, for any followup information, or e-mail me.
thanks!

Posted by: dcroach | March 24, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

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