David Vitter to decide on run for governor in Louisiana
December 4th, 2013
02:22 PM ET
10 months ago

David Vitter to decide on run for governor in Louisiana

(CNN) - Republican Sen. David Vitter is considering running for Louisiana governor in 2015, he said in an email to supporters Wednesday.

Vitter, a two-term U.S. senator who was first elected in 2004, said in the email that he and his family started the decision process last week over Thanksgiving and will continue to weigh his options through the coming holidays.

"Many good friends and supporters have encouraged me to run for Governor in 2015–to bring my focus and leadership to the challenges we face as a state," Vitter said.

"We certainly haven't made our decision yet, so we'll be reflecting and praying on it very carefully through the Christmas holidays."

Any decision by Vitter could come early next year.

Current Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is term-limited and cannot run for reelection. Jindal, the former chairman of the Republican Governor's Association, is considered a likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate.

Vitter has rebounded from alleged past solicitation of prostitutes, having been linked to the so-called "D.C. Madam" scandal in 2007 and going on to win his second term in the Senate in 2010.

Vitter also served in the U.S. House from 1999 to 2005.

Republican Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne has also indicated he will jump in the state's 2015 gubernatorial race, as has Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards. And New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, another Democrat, is also mulling a bid.

CNN National Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report.


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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    David "D.C. Madame" Vitter? Scraping the bottom of the barrel with this one, eh Louisiana?

    December 4, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Tom, if you don't want people on public assistance, then demand that employers pay a living wage.

    December 4, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Once a John, always a John. Just give it time – I'm sure there are other "madames" in Vitter's past just waiting to reveal themselves.

    December 4, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Yeah yeah, we know tom, when it's time to complain about how horrible the economy is and try to blame it all on Obama, you guys will point at all the poor and unemployed and lament at how they are all hapless victims of his and the Dems' policies ..."

    One has to either BE or have been poor before one can truly understand the plight of the poor, Sniffit. I daresay those who sniff their indignation at the poor really bring out their own true colors. And yes, I absolutely fault the ad revenue crazy media who in themselves have become the biggest "sniffers" in history. Especially considering the recession and all the hardships that were forced upon folks simply going about their daily business. Corporate America might feign empathy towards the poor but only for exploitation.

    Yeah, I know. I'm going to get an earful from the professional "picked myself up by my bootstrap" bloggers.

    December 4, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. don in albuquerque

    Good ole GOTP where you can always count on the trash rises too the top.

    December 4, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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