March 13th, 2009
05:35 PM ET
5 years ago

Prominent social conservative passes on Senate run

Tony Perkins has announced that he will not challenge Louisiana's Republican Sen. David Vitter in 2010.
Tony Perkins has announced that he will not challenge Louisiana's Republican Sen. David Vitter in 2010.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told the Louisiana Republican Party Friday that he will not seek the GOP Senate nomination in 2010.

“This is not the right time,” Perkins said in a letter to Roger Villere, the chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party.

There had been speculation that Perkins would challenge incumbent Republican Sen. David Vitter, who has been tarnished by his alleged involvement with a prostitute.

But Perkins informed Villere that he supported Vitter’s bid for re-election in 2010. Vitter “is a strong advocate for conservative principles in the U.S. Senate,” Perkins wrote.

Updated: 5:35 p.m.


Filed under: David Vitter • Louisiana
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. arithmetic is liberal

    ' wonder what skeletons this Christo-fascist has hiding in his closet?

    March 13, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Brian Crooks

    Aw, shoot! That would've been awesome! For the Democrats.

    March 13, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. what is wrong with prostitutes?

    it seems so prevalent to have relations in the public bathroom, gay and otherwise, out of wedlock babies, divorce, and the list continues that one has to ask: why have problems with these relations?

    if something is so common, and it is common, I am reading weekly about another example, why focus on it and paint it as bad?

    quote me the bible if you wish, wax on about morality, but imposing these on what is reality rings hallow

    March 13, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Taniel

    Another 2010 story: Harry Reid dodged a major bullet as well as one of the few potential Republican challengers remaining announced he would run for Governor instead.

    March 13, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. Linda in MS

    When David Duke was running for governor of Louisiana against former governor Edwin Edwards, who had been accused of corruption charges, but not found guilty, we had a bumper sticker that read "Vote for the crook, it's important". This time it should say "Vote for the Porn Star, it's Important".

    March 13, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Jim Hahn

    Hmmm, maybe on of these Republican sociopaths finally got a clue that they can't win?

    March 13, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Jo

    Guess no republican wants to run and lose. Vittner has little chance of keeping his seat and no else has the guts to claim to be republican. Hooray for that!

    March 13, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. chuck

    There's no hope for Republicans any where.They will pay for their actions and attitude toward the Obama's Administration.

    March 13, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Bob

    Didn't Tony Perkins star in Psycho?

    March 13, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. mytabloids

    Corruption charges do nothing but help in Louisiana. Funny that Vitter ran as the "anti-corruption,anti-old-boy network guy" AND PEOPLE ACTUALLY BELIEVED HIM!

    Here's my idea; sell Louisiana back to the French. We take the money and apply it to the deficit and Vitter is no longer a problem :-)

    March 13, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. rhoward

    It's just easier for Perkins to criticize others than to put his money where his mouth is and actually run for office himself.

    March 13, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. chelle

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww that's really too too bad because only the FRC knows what is right and wrong....

    March 13, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. DX in TX

    WHAT....Corruption in Louisana....SHOCKER!!!

    March 13, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. R in Maine

    His conservative principles define sex as using a prostitute. We need to support his family values.

    March 13, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. William

    Hooray! Hookers with open diaper gig slots are also ecstatic that Sennator Vitter will remain in Washington.

    March 13, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. Remy

    No Rethugs should run.

    March 13, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Gay Love

    It sure does'nt hurt when the democrats openly elect guys like Barney"back door" Frank and Obama and his boy toy Larry Sinclair.

    March 13, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. Jason

    Christians in America are smartening up regarding these hypocritical santimonious right wingers who know nothing about God or the Bible.

    March 13, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. Ravi

    @Bob 5:20pm

    No, that was Anthony Perkins, lol! But come to think of it, that's a good comparison.

    March 13, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. Time for Term Limits

    So Perkins approves of Vitter and his out-of-control behavior with women other than his wife. Another act of hypocrisy by the intolerant extreme right wing.

    March 13, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. Lesley

    Not the right time, could that mean that anything southern will not remain in Republican hands in 2010 after the backlash from voters over refusing stimulus money. I'm confused about his comments that Vitter is a strong advocate for conservative principles. Apparently Vitter says one thing and does another. Is that the conservative platform - must be.

    March 13, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. V. Clausewitz

    Mus have been hanging out with the Kennedys, so to speak.

    March 13, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  23. Cynthia in Michigan

    Let's hope there's never a "right time" for this clown to run for anything. Yuck. Is there sleaze rolling off this guy or what?

    March 13, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  24. boered1

    another of the radical religious right who wants to cry about things and say that everything would be better if only their opinions were listened to, one who tries to force their beliefs on others in direct violation of the Constitution, is too scared to run... now I should act surprised right? After all it is sooo much easier to complain to a sympathetic mob than to actually have to defend your beliefs

    March 13, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. JonDie

    Vitter's "alleged" involvement with a prostitute? There's nothing "alleged" about it. Vitter is a pro-family conservative...which means he likes a little sex on the side.

    March 13, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
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