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. TJ in Nawlins

    Believe this Louisiana citizen, Vitter does not support me. He has to be in trouble if there is a strong push to have a porn star run against him in the Republican primary. Thank God I'm a Dem. I might have to support her.

    March 11, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Matt

    Vitter nearly made the flight because a VIP military 737 jet was taking off before this flight and it blocked the entire airport for 2 hours. The 450 seat 737 had a single passenger on board – Nancy Pelosi on her way for a quick lunch in San Francisco Cost to taxpayers: $ 145,000

    March 11, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. Mari

    @ ray ray.......... have you checked your facts or are you just SPEWING more GOP-lies???????????????????????????????????????

    March 11, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. SC

    How about Nancy's fits of anger. At least is is not taking a private plane like Queen Nancy.

    March 11, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. Jared

    When will we start choosing our leaders because they are LEADERS, and not these clearly pompous, self-righteous party hacks? How about a system where we don't let these folks stay in office so long they are comfortable abusing anything. Choose the Congress and Senate like a jury!

    FYI: Speaker Pelosi has a plane because she is after the VP in the line of succession, and after 9/11/01 it was determined that position (at that time held by Speaker Hastert) needed extra protection.

    March 11, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. greed is not good

    Can this guy possibly get into any more trouble? Prostitutes, instigating trouble at the airport....what's next?

    March 11, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. TJ in Nawlins

    Believe this Louisiana citizen, Vitter does not support me. He has to be in trouble if there is a strong push to have a porn star run against him in the Republican primary. Thank God I'm a Dem. I might have to support her.

    March 11, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. alvino

    Just ask Larry Craig. Republicans should stay out of airports.

    March 11, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. SC

    How about Nancy's fits of anger. At least is is not taking a private plane like Queen Nancy.

    March 11, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. wonderwoman

    Now seriously. How many doors are there to go through at an airport gate with a big plane sitting on the other side of the window?

    March 11, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    This is another example of the elitist attitude of our leadership. Yes if this was you or I we would be cooling ourselves in prison for several years, with a felony conviction.
    This I'm above the law is what got us into the mess this country is in.

    March 11, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Deb in Colo

    So, so tired of elected officials of BOTH parties, who think they deserve special treatment because they were elected.

    March 11, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Patrick, Mass.

    He lost his temper at an airport. Gee, no one else ever did that! But he is a serial liar after all. Yeah, he's the voice of morality all right.

    March 11, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Marge

    Didn't the republicans want to impeach Cynthia McKinney and throw her out of the HOuse because she had an argument with a capital guard?

    Isn't it funny how the republicans consider themselves above following the rules but want to go out of their way to make a mountain out of a mole hill when a democrat is involved.

    March 11, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Simpliticus

    The confrontation was probably heated but is being down-played for pr purposes. Powerful people like to be powerful and Vitter probably had his tantrum. Enough said!

    March 11, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. kerry

    Hey ray ray.....do you know what it means to "Stay on point" it means, this story is about Vitter. I didn't see Nancy Pelosi's name in the article. So....find a story about Ms. Pelosi and but your rants on that post. You sound like a dumbass on this post!

    March 11, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. David "Chinese Lady at the Airport" Vitter

    Man, this would have been sweet if he had thrown himself on the ground and started rolling!.

    March 11, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. Carmela, Longwood, Florida

    One has to understand the man: maybe he had an appointment set up with a call girl.

    March 11, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Craig

    Here we go again! Not only was this guy involved in an illicit affair involving prostitution, but now feels that he is above everyone else. But I guess that if you're a conservative Southern Republican the law doesn't apply to you.

    March 11, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. Matt

    Vitter nearly made the flight because a VIP military 737 jet was taking off before this flight and it blocked the entire airport for 2 hours. The 450 seat 737 had a single passenger on board – Nancy Pelosi on her way for a quick lunch in San Francisco Cost to taxpayers: $ 145,000

    March 11, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. Flex

    This man is an arrogant christianist who would support a constitutional amendment to ban airport employees from getting in his way. He should be arrested and prosecuted by the airport for compromising it's security.

    March 11, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. walleye

    We have all been in situations where we missed a flight or been late or whatever. Time for this guy to GROW UP. He is probably a real hothead, and should not be re-elected. We dont need these short-fused people deciding on our laws.

    March 11, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Mari

    ********** One more comment please CNN***************************

    FYI RAY RAY:

    Here is a quote from a 2007 story on NPR:

    " Rep. Nancy Pelosi's predecessor House Speaker, Dennis Hastret (R-IL) began flying military planes for official travel ( and travel home) in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. The Air Force has a stable of planes for travel by the Speaker, Cabinet members, top generals and for Congressional trips to Iraq and other war zones."

    WHY bring Nancy Pelosi, into this blog about A REPUBLICAN WOMANIZER?????

    March 11, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. austintx

    yeah, why doesn't he just demand that military planes be constantly available to him at taxpayer expense, like SanFranNan Pelosi.

    March 11, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. ben

    Ray Ray – nancy Pelosi did not ask for the plane. After 9/11 it was the secret service that gave her the planes and asked her to use them. Please stop recycling debunked stories.

    March 11, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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