Washington (CNN) – Scandal plagued Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter has drawn a last minute primary challenger, who points, in part, to Vitter’s series of first-term controversies as a reason for jumping in the race.
Retired State Supreme Court Justice Chet Traylor, who filed his candidacy on Friday, told CNN that while he wouldn't comment directly on Vitter's problems, "we wouldn't be in this position if we had a senator who could get results."
Traylor went further in an interview with ABC News published Monday, saying he was particularly concerned about reports that a Vitter aide who had repeated brushes with the law, including an arrest for attacking an ex-girlfriend with a knife, was allowed to maintain employment in Vitter's office. The aide has since resigned.
"That was a concern for a lot of people," Traylor told ABC. "And certainly to women."
In 2007, Vitter himself was linked to a well-known prostitution ring, and later admitted to a "very serious sin."
But it appeared that Vitter would avoid a serious challenge in the GOP primary, before Traylor entered the race on Friday at the last moment.
Traylor told CNN Monday that while he had been considering a run since last summer; it wasn't until the last two weeks that he took another look at the race, after being flooded with calls urging him to run.
Some of those calls came from within the GOP Louisiana establishment, Traylor noted.
Asked if he can amass the necessary political operation to mount a serious challenge to Vitter in the short run-up to the primary, Traylor said, "I certainly hope so, I believe so" before adding that "I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't think I could win."
Vitter initially avoided a credible primary challenger when Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, announced last year that he would not seek the GOP Senate nomination in 2010.
The Louisiana Senate primary is scheduled for August 28. The Republican nominee will face off in the November general election against presumptive Democratic nominee Rep. Charlie Melancon, another opponent Traylor likes his chances against.
"I like them very well," Traylor said. "I didn't get in this with the idea of losing."