October 28th, 2010
04:28 PM ET
4 years ago

Prostitution scandal front and center

(CNN) – Republican Sen. David Vitter's indiscretions have been a frequently used advertising theme for his Democratic opponent, Rep. Charlie Melancon.

And a biting new ad released Thursday proved no exception.

"Our tax dollars pay David Vitter's salary and he used it for prostitutes," the narrator in the ad says. "In return we got a disgraced senator… The real sin is that David Vitter is still a senator."

Vitter was linked to the so-called D.C. madam in 2007, eventually admitting that he committed a "very serious sin."

The 30-second ad, which is currently airing statewide, uses footage of a suggestively dressed woman and Vitter's press conference after the scandal broke.

According to recent polling, Vitter is leading Melancon by significant margins.

The Vitter campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Melancon • David Vitter • Louisiana
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Video Guy

    Did you see the look on his wife face. He should be voted out on that basis along.

    October 28, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. ~~ JULY ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

    The 'Sin' is that his wife is still with him. Woman has no shame ...

    October 28, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Boy that Vitter knows something about job creation, prostitution, you gotta pay to play.

    October 28, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Clwyd

    Vitter's must be one of those teabugger supported candidates right? The ones who have supported witchcraft, Aquabudda, and now prostitutes. Have you Americans decided to toss the country down the train for these trash?

    October 28, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Tulsa

    Better get your diaper on Vitter.

    October 28, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    If Elliot Spitzer had to go, so do you Mr. Vitter. Kick rocks!

    October 28, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Keeth in Cali

    Family Values in action and forgiveness from Republicans for Republicans only. Real classy, GOP.

    October 28, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Keith

    Just a good ol Southern Boy.

    October 28, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. What is the country coming to

    What goes around comes around.............Vitter is paying the price............If he wins something is wrong here......

    October 28, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. NVa Native

    This should be on the air in all 50 states with the caption – "This is the Republican Party".

    October 28, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. Texas Doc

    Interesting that they left ot the part about about how he liked to wear a diaper and be spanked. At least he isn't a witch or dress up like a Nazi for weekend playdates. Seriously, this is today's GOP.

    October 28, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Pete

    Most politicians are whores anyway,they go wherever the money and power is.There's no brotherhood anymore. Vitters wife was probably a hooker before he married her,she knows where the money is. Keep it in the house.

    October 28, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. daveinla

    Voted for Vitter yesterday in early polling. I would vote for a dead dog before i would vote for some Democrat. And I was a Democrat for over 30 years!

    October 28, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. ED FL

    Louisiana has its share of disasters. the way they live on the edge just about all the time it is no wonder the federal government is always bailing the state out. It looks like they have become a dependent on the rest of the country. The Mrs's gets her break when he is gone to DC or where ever his latest playground is.Sooner or later you have to pay the orchestra when you want to dance.

    October 28, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. Massachusetts Conservative

    So let me get this straight...Vitter hired a prostitute. Shame on him and he now has to suffer the consequences.

    But Barney Frank can actually run a gay brothel of prostitution out of his state sponsored Washington DC apartment, and he is elected to 16 consecutive terms.

    Hypocricy much???

    October 28, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. kenneth fusilier

    I can't stand david vitter. I'm a native louisiana citizen and I will never vote for a sleeze bag.

    October 28, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. kenneth fusilier

    Oh and by the way he better be glad louisiana is a republican state otherwise he would tossed to the alligators.

    October 28, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. Hank

    How bad a candidate is Rep. Charlie Melancon if he's still trailing by a significant margin?

    October 28, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    In 1998 Vitter called for President Clinton to be impeached, saying his indiscretion made him morally unfit to govern. It's easy to be a family values politician when you only judge other people's values.

    October 28, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. TeeParti

    I wonder what Ran Paul thinks about Prostitution, Individual Freedom, and the Free Market. And I wonder how well those ideas poll with the rest of America...

    October 28, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. paul

    Apparently, Lousiana have lowered their standards. A hypocrite like Vitter should not be elected for anything.

    October 28, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. J Malbrough

    You people really need to get a life so what if he indiscretions, evidently his wife forgave him as did a former democratic
    President (Clinton) should they be put out of office? NO not if they are doing their jobs like they are supposed to. What they do in their free time should be no ones business, unless they are affecting the people that put them there. I do not see where they are affecting anything.

    October 28, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. Marty, FL

    Absurd party hardliners would unbelievably still vote for Vitter's nonsense, and Senate Republicans have kept him amongst their ranks even after Vitter's admission of illegal activities. Such sad hypocrisy. If politicians break the law, they should not be lawmakers.

    October 28, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. T'SAH from Virginia

    The only thing I dislike about VITTER and all other so-call conservatives is the fact that they think they are IMMUNE to criticism when they are CAUGHT being UN-Conservative. And their 'conservatism' is HOLIER than THOU and they are above all!!

    The conservatives are ANTI-everything – from gays to pro-choice – and they make it seem as if they are the CREATORS of everyone's LIFE. That is the high horse they have to get off of and they have to speak more for ME!!

    VITTER lied than told the truth. When Clinton lied and then told the truth, the RepubliCAN'Ts wanted to IMPEACH him... So, it's up to the voters in LA as to who they want to WIN!!!

    DEMOCRATS in LA – GET OUT and VOTE and vote DEMOCRAT!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    VOTE Scott McAdams in AK!!!!

    October 28, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. carlos

    Massachusetts Conservative....are you jelous that you have not invited??????? at least Rep.Frank is a declared gay......jelousy is not??????

    October 28, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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