September 6th, 2010
10:59 AM ET
8 years ago

Jindal isn't endorsing Vitter - yet

Jindal is not weighing in on his state's Senate race, he told WDSU.

Jindal is not weighing in on his state's Senate race, he told WDSU.

UPDATE: Melissa Sellers, a spokeswoman for Jindal, tells CNN the governor meant to convey he has not weighed in on the race yet, but may do so in the future.

(CNN) – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has finally answered a questioned asked of him for months: Will he endorse embattled Republican Sen. David Vitter's reelection bid?

The answer is not for now.

"Voters can make up their own minds," the Louisiana governor and fellow Republican told local television station WDSU.

Jindal added he doesn't like to get involved in federal races, though the station reports he has backed federal-office seekers in the past.

Vitter easily defeated his primary challenger in late August and currently enjoys a double-digit lead over Democratic Rep. Charlie Melancon. His comfortable lead comes despite reports in 2007 he was involved with a Washington, DC escort and revelations earlier this year a high-ranking staffer was permitted to stay on the job after facing domestic abuse charges. The aide, Brent Furer, resigned his post in June.

A spokesman for Vitter was not immediately available for comment.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Vitter is trash and must have no regard for his wife, OR females in general. While he was the "family values" candidate, he's turned out much like the rest of those hypocrites.

    September 6, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. Senorita Margarita

    Woo-hoo!! Way to go Bobby!!!!!

    September 6, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Tom in Delaware

    Bad news.....yeah, sure....Vitter may only crush his Democratic oppenent by 30 points now....that really sucks.

    September 6, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Pragmatic

    Vitter has a double-digit lead? This is the same man, planning on spending huge amounts of taxpayer dollars on "abstinence only" programs for schools while canoodling with a prostitute at the same time ???

    Ya just gotta love those "republican family values!" Don't they ever get tired of the bitter taste of hypocrisy?

    September 6, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. stwebb

    With all the dirt (exposed & yet to be revealed) on Vitter, I think Jindal has made a wise decision!

    September 6, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Northeast

    I love when republicans preach to the sheeple about God, values, morals and then either have gay affairs or frequent prostitutes. ....And then get voted back into office by the same people who are screaming about how American values are being destroyed by the Democrats.

    September 6, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. GI Joe


    Those "family values" republicans of the old south.

    September 6, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. Snow

    And this is news, if it was reversed concerning demorats it would not even be mentioned. Does not matter, Senator Vitter will win re-election by a land slide.

    September 6, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. Observer

    Vitter, Mark Sanford, and John Ensign are the three current highest elected officials known to be adulterers. All are from the religious, "moral majority", "family values" hypocritical Republican Party. They want men like Vitter to stay in office.

    September 6, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. Seattle Sue

    I don't understand why the voters of Louisiana would vote for a person (vitter) that hires a prostitute to change his diaper. Mr. Jindal states that he doesn't like to get involved in Federal races, but records prove that he has. Did the Governor just have a Brewer moment by lying?

    September 6, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. Jim S

    Jindal another family values republican that will condemm any married democrat that might smile at any woman that is not his wife
    but who praises and endorses people like John the womanizer McCain
    and Newt the aide impregnator Gingrich

    September 6, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  12. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    So I guess that Bobble should never endorse anyone, because voters can always make up their own minds, right?

    (Or they can just listen to Rush...)

    September 6, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Jindal's not giving an endorsement and Vitter doesn't need it.

    September 6, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. Charles W. Skinner

    Not worthy of a top-tier headline, CNN. This is not really news, but a mildly interesting tidbit. Save the "bad news for GOP Senator" for when there's actually an issue.

    September 6, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. Steve in Denver

    This piece of work has a double digit lead in polling? What is wrong with voters, particularly those who vote republican? If you are one of the leading mouth pieces saying someone should resign from office because of adultery, WHILE you are committing adultery, you should do the honorable thing and never run for office again. Then add keeping a wife beater on your staff for a year after you know him to be practicing domestic violence, and to keep him on as his adviser on women's issues. Yet the people of Louisiana seem to be ready to send his lying, philandering butt back to another term.

    Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin: If there is any truth to your "restoring honor" campaign, how do you sit silently by (or worse yet, endorse) this race. How do you not work to purge from your party the likes of Vitter and Ensign? "Family values," "restoring honor," right. You and the rest of your tea baggers are nothing but either the very wealthy who want to get enormous tax cuts at the expense of more economic disaster for the 98% of us who work for a living, or morons who still believe that your selfish shrills for "trickle down" will help them.

    September 6, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. Livin the good life

    Well DUH,...the only person he is going to do so with is himself. He does not want anyone standing before the fiasco he has prepared for us come next year! He has his eye on the grand prize! He has to watch his step(s) so that nothing comes back to haunt him and tie him into some "conspiracy". Beau Colby

    September 6, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Granny Griper

    Why in the world do these people have to constantly, everything that comes out of their mouths is lies. doesn't want to get involved in federal and has backed several federal runners before. Do they not know everything they say and do is on record and can be verified and checked. Guess they think it really doesn't matter.
    Thats just like Graham saying the president said job losses would only reach 8% during the recession what a lie over and over again he said it would go into double digits, do these people not open their ears and listen of course not they just hear what they think things should be. Sickening

    September 6, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Drunken GOP Drivers want the keys back

    This creep was hired by ExxonMobil to run his state into the ground.Big oil doesnt care about fisherman or tourism.

    September 6, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Sgt. Joe

    Shouldn't that be considered good news for Vitter? Can't stand any of these GOP rats anyway.

    September 6, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Average American

    Is this like the democRATS, who are running this term, trying to distance themselves from oBAMA, pelosi & reid? Where is this story cnn? Are you really one sided? Aren't you supposed to be un-biased, and tell all stories on all sides? Is cnn a propaganda arm of the anti-American democRAT party?

    September 6, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. billp

    It's a scandal that Vitter has gotten away with ignoring questions about his hypocrisy. Only in Louisiana, where voters are among the most uneducated, obese, religious and flat-out stupid in the US. Jindal is quite an exception.

    September 6, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. James Sanjana

    What is it about Republican legislators that they can get elected despite being morally ethically corrupt. There is something wrong with American values when men like this keep getting elected despite the fact that they are lacking in the most basic moral principles.

    September 6, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. Mike S.

    It's because Jindal is running for President. He's been running for President since the doctor cut the umbilical cord between him and his mother.

    September 6, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. Frederick Ferguson

    I have neither heard a single intelligent thing out of the mouth of either Jindal or Vitter. Bobby Jindall needs to sit down and shut his big fat mouth.

    September 6, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. Facts are not fair to the GOP

    Vitter is not a real republican. He is a member of the conservative party who has hijacked the republican party. He is a member of McCarthy/John Birch Society that runs on fear, hate, lies and misinformation. Other conservatives that are hell bent on destroying America include Rand Paul, Sharron Angle, Jim Miller, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, phoenix86, Keith in Austin, and the Fox anti American network.

    September 6, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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