March 11th, 2009
04:57 PM ET
5 years ago

Dems put heat on Vitter for reported airport blow up

Vitter said reports of an airport run in are overblown.
Vitter said reports of an airport run in are overblown.

(CNN) - The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is putting heat on Louisiana Sen. David Vitter for a reported run-in with a Dulles Airport employee last Thursday as he scrambled to make a flight back to his home state.

“Sooner or later Senator Vitter should learn how to control himself,” said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Eric Schultz, in an apparent reference to the Louisiana Republican's past involvement with Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called "DC Madam."

According to the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call, Vitter arrived at the gate 20 minutes before his flight was set to depart and went "ballistic" when he saw that the gate had already been closed.

Upon trying to open the door to the jetway himself, the senator set off a security alarm and quickly grew heated with an airport employee. Vitter ultimately backed down when the employee called security, Roll Call also reported.

But Vitter suggested Wednesday the report was overblown.

"In a rush to make my flight home for town hall meetings the next day, I accidentally went through a wrong door at the gate," Vitter said in a statement. "I did have a conversation with an airline employee, but it was certainly not like this silly gossip column made it out to be."

The Louisiana senator is expected to face a tough re-election bid in 2010, still vulnerable after his phone number appeared in Palfrey's "Black Book" in the summer of 2007.


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soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. Billy G in Las Vegas

    I'm not a David Vitter, or any other obstructionist Republican, fan BUT I would "go ballistic" IF the airline closed out my flight 20 minutes early!!!

    WHAT the HELL ever happened to running ON schedule? NOT early, NOT late, ON TIME!!!

    March 11, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Soccer Nana

    Senator Vitter needs to bow out while he is ahead. All the ugliness centered around the DC Madame will resurface, along with other things, during his campaign for reelection. His CHILDREN are older now, which means his children's friends are older and they understand things better. Older children can be very cruel in "teasing on the playground" after hearing their parents discussing certain topics; he should not want to subject his children to any sort of controversy surrounding his "past sins"..

    March 11, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Mobius

    Wonder if he was in the men's room?

    March 11, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Carol

    "Tantrum" is a good choice of words considering the rumors that floated around about his idea of fun with hookers. :-)

    March 11, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Timus

    Yep get em!!! Just like they did Cynthia McKinney!!

    March 11, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. constantly amazed

    He isn't entitled to union chartered and government planes, like the democrats so he has to contend with the system available to the rest of us. At least he was going home for "town hall" meetings not to a luxurious Florida resort to meet with union leaders

    March 11, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Heidi Nofleiss

    Quick! Find a hooker in a hurry. Vitter's testerone just kicked in.

    March 11, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Jack

    This guy needs a BJ (bailout job, for the faint of heart).

    March 11, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Lt Col USAF Retired

    Pelosi has her own plane same as Hastert had...it's a 9/11 precaution dumba$$, why should she turn it down when the last guy enjoyed the perk?

    March 11, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. CS in PA

    Throw all the bums out and elect true statesmen / stateswomen! So sick of this need for power at all our expense.

    March 11, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. rich

    They should have tazered his rear end. That would have brought his tantrum to a painful but instand end.

    March 11, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. John

    Oh please, ray ray - Pelosi and Vitter are both wrong. What she has done does not excuse his babyish (pun intended) behavior.

    March 11, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. bill

    if it were me i would be in jail.but these repubs can do just about anything they want. you sure he didnt get delayed in mens restroom. LOL.

    March 11, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    @ ray ray...

    While I despise Pelosi as much as you, I found out an interesting fact.

    The speaker of the house, due to security issues after 9/11, coupled with the fact that she is just after Biden in succession, is entitled to military transport.

    This was granted by Bush the 43rd.

    March 11, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Adam from Ohio

    Republican senators and airports apparently don't mix.

    At least Larry Craig wasn't setting off alarms when he was tap-tap-tapping away in the restroom stall.

    March 11, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. John Wilson

    Who would have thunk?

    We have a Congress & a Senate just full of these under-developed, emotionally immature children who are always acting out: they all think the entire world revolves arounf their anus...

    March 11, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    To ray ray: That's not exactly similar to Nancy Pelosi's case. In fact she demanded nothing, the issue was raised by the security agencies. If you are really trying to find why she needs a non-stop flight, check what Mr. Hastert used during his time. Read up on regular news sources

    On second though, don't read. It's not good for wackos and the news items are all biased twoards liberals anyway. You already knew that, right?

    March 11, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. Dave

    Why does this Con commenter make this about Pelosi? Typical GOP goof...divert and attack. Party of idiots.

    March 11, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. California Gold

    Vitter was wrong and he knows he was wrong. It was just an "accident". Many of us have raced to catch a plane only to find the gate closed. Many of us are unhappy that we missed a flight, but we don't act like a lunatic and set off security alarms trying to force doors open. Bouquet of spoiled flowers for Vitter's spoiled brat behavior.

    March 11, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. dont drop the soap Limbaugh

    Maybe he was busy toe tapping in the rest room.

    March 11, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. ChrisinFlorida

    Ray ray: Um...You do realize that Nancy Pelosi is REQUIRED To have a private jet with security. The Speaker has had to do that since 9/11. Denny Hastert had the same thing. Didn't see you complaining then.

    March 11, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. AG

    To ray ray: That's not exactly similar to Nancy Pelosi's case. In fact she demanded nothing, the issue was raised by the security agencies. If you are really trying to find why she needs a non-stop flight, check what Mr. Hastert used during his time. Read up on regular news sources

    On second though, don't read. It's not good for wackos and the news items are all biased twoards liberals anyway. You already knew that, right?

    March 11, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. calle

    Haven't we had enough of him. I haven't heard of any good things that he has done for American. Just rubbish!!! ENOUGH!!!! GO HOME AND STAY HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 11, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Lee

    Another "family values republican" scumbag.

    I'd like to know why his prostitute had to face charges involving over a decade in jail (she commited suicide over it) while he got off free.

    Does David Vitter still have to wear diapers and be told that he is a "bad boy" and how do his republican supporters feel about that?

    March 11, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. Los

    ray ray, what the hell does this article have to do with Nancy Pelosi? Why don't you try to work in Acorn, tax cuts, socialism, and other assorted GOP talking points while you're at it?

    March 11, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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