October 28th, 2010
04:28 PM ET
8 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)

    Now he can hang out with Elliot Spitzer. Maybe they can troll for prostitutes together?

    October 28, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. vic nashville tn

    He should step down

    October 28, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Billincalif

    I MUST GIVE HIM KUDOS. At least he paid the women. Bill Clinton THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA used and abused them then tried to sweep them under the carpet. The LIBS and the 'women' kept him in office and still call him the best thing since sliced bread. GET REAL.

    October 28, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. Gale

    Are you Democrats deaf and dumb? Have you completely forgotten about all the indiscretions your political office holders commited? Can you sit there and type these remarks as if your party was sqeaky clean? Now when you lose all those seats next Tuesday, think about it!!

    October 28, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Ancient Texan

    Vitter did no worse than Bill Clinton and Clinton stayed in office and is now the crown jewel of the Democrat party. Hypocrisy?

    October 28, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. mytabloids

    For those you weren't there, Vitter ran an entire series of commercials using his a) Wife and b) young daughters to get himself elected the first time. Basically, this "man" hid behind them so that he could get elected and empower himself.

    I don't care which side the aisle you are on, or whether you think Bill Clinton was a toad - no one who acts that way
    should be on the school board, much less in the Senate.

    October 28, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. Discernment


    It is okay if you are a Republican Hypocrite like Mark Sanford (NC), John Ensign (NV), or David Vitter (LA) to preach "Focus on the Family Values" while poking prostitutes and stealing from the middle-class to give to the rich.

    But when Democrats come up with a Health Coverage Bill to help 35-millions Americans who lost coverage when their jobs were outsourced overseas during the Republican controlled years of 2000-to-2008, , , , , than the Limbaugh followers want to impeach the Democrats. REPUBLICANS ARE HYPOCRITES!

    October 28, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. NC Independent

    To those who say Vitter's critics should "get over it" because it is what he "does in his free time," or that Democrats do the same things, keep in mind that this is man who has made a career out of judging and legislating what others do "in their free time." Further, while both Vitter and Bill Clinton did bad things, what Vitter did was actually illegal in addition to immoral. Also, by selecting prostitutes for his adultery, Vitter exponentially increased the likelihood that his wife would be exposed to STDs as opposed to those who fool around with WH interns.

    Vitter's re-election says as much about his supporters and his party as it does about him. For all of them, family values, Judeo-Christian morals, and the sanctity of marriage are mere tools to re-election. Democrats may do it too, but at least they don't stand on their soapbox while they're doing it.

    October 28, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. sal from cal

    Last time I checked, Barney Frank was still a senator too.

    October 28, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  10. Massachusetts Conservative

    Wow, Carlos....that was a very well thought out come back. Seriously. Very, very impressive.

    Here's mine...I've dumbed it down a bit so you could understand.

    I'm rubber, you're glue. Whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you.

    Leave the political commentary to the adults, ok?

    October 28, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |

    Prostitution is called Christian values...Republican style! An Independent or Democratic candidate would be trailing badly had they been caught in the scandal as this john was! Shame on LA and all the christian values preached by the hollier-than-thou Republican Party.

    October 28, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. CNN: A bastion of journalism!!!!

    The fact that he is still a sitting senator, along with the ilk of Larry Craig, etc. is a damning indictment on news organizations like CNN, Fox, etc. CNN wants vitter to stay – he votes the corporate line, and is thus considered by the corporate heads and shareholders (Time-Warner) as their best candidate. And so the propoganda arms of corporate America (CNN, Fox) are more than happy to help!

    Doesn't matter. I'm sure the people who vote for this guy believe that Obama paid for the prostitutes used by Vitter.

    October 28, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. LacrosseMom(real one)

    IF the Republicans were not such "holier-than-thou-family-values-goody-two-shoes" no one would care about Vitter's cheating on his wife with prostitutes! BUT...... they are "holier-than-thou" and so Vitter's reaping what he sows.

    I can't imagine ANY one who is married, faithful to his or her spouse, a Christian or a person of good character who would vote for a man who has LIED and CHEATED in his marriage! IF the GOP believe marriage is sacred how can they support this scum??????

    October 28, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. P'Cola

    Can't remember the name of the pretty boy who ran for President but dropped out of the race because it was discovered he had a girlfriend. I think it was the early 80s. I know he has to be saying 'WTF did I drop out the race for?'. Doesn't a country deserve better elected officials. I remember some foreign officials committing suicide when they disgraced themselves as country representatives. Here in the US, it's the opposite. Disgrace yourself-then run for government.

    October 28, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. Keith

    "Vitter is leading Melancon by significant margins" - Guess that just about puts the final nail in the coffin regarding the Republican farce about being the "moral party".

    October 28, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  16. rdepontb

    Louisiana deserves so much better than a clown like Vitter, someone who cheated on everyone in his state and family and circle of friends and churbh. He took THEIR money, THEIR confidence, THEIR trust and good faith, and went about pleasing himself instead of doing a Senator's job.

    October 28, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. Red by Choice

    Now that is some fine campainin' Mr. Democrat. Melancon must really suck if he can't unseat this cheating dirtbag. It appears that the people prefer a cheating dirtbag over a tax happy liberal - that's how it looks from where I'm sitting.

    October 28, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  18. realist

    I use my salary to to buy cheesburgers. Do vegatarians have the right to protest. It's his salary he can spend it however he sees fit. If he spent someones else's salary then thats another story.

    October 28, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. Wed Wabbit

    Many politicians have run astray from both sides. However, they tend to go away after their indiscretions are made public and they don't seek re-election. Just scan through the list of names already posted here.

    I wonder if prostitution legal in his state.

    October 28, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  20. Wed Wabbit

    Too funny. Look him up on Wiki. Note that he claims to be an advocate for emphasizing abstinence.
    This guy really cracks me up.

    How's that abstinence thing goin' for ya?

    October 28, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  21. GOP Hate america

    for those that say Clinton did the same thing the main difference was that it was a consenting adult where Vitter hired a prostitute which is against the law.

    October 28, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  22. proud military mom

    Hypocracy at its best!! I think it is a crime that campaigning has gotten to this low level and there is no outcry to stop it. When did this country stop being civil and respectful? Why don't ALL voters demand issues be the only focus? Of course, with Pres Clinton swearing on a Bible and lying to congress and a current president who calls those who don't support his agenda his "enemies" then there is no leadership to show the proper way to behave.

    October 28, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  23. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Republicans love it when their own kind break the law or sin...then of course try to impeach a Dem if they do the exact same thing. Newt Gingrinch rings a bell.

    October 28, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  24. George of the jungle

    another republincan family values kind of guy. They call the president a socilast for wanting health care for everyone but this guy gets a pass. More repo double standards Vote them out in November

    October 28, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  25. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    What all of you Republicans fail to understand is that we Democrats don't pledge to be above the fray. We don't scream from the church tops about our holier than thou standards of how everyone else should live their lives. Democrats don't use their religion to change public policy, so everyone else does what they expect them to do. You don't get to have it both ways: You either thump your Bibles and tell your politicians to keep their flies closed, or you come down from your high horses and admit that people are human and make mistakes. HYPOCRITES!!! The whole lot of the Republican Party.

    October 28, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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