Updated 5:41 p.m. ET, 1/21/2014
(CNN) - Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana announced Tuesday that he's running for governor of his state in 2015.
"I believe that as our next governor, I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities we face in Louisiana," the two-term Republican lawmaker said in a video release by his campaign.
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Two-term governor and potential 2016 White House hopeful Bobby Jindal is term-limited.
Vitter said his decision won't affect his Senate work.
"I've held 342 in person town halls, 128 telephone town halls, and countless other meetings in every parish of our state. I'll continue those travels, listening directly to Louisiana families, about what most concerns them. And then after listening and learning, I will lead," he said.
He also said "this will be my last political job, elected or appointed, period."
Jindal said at an event Thursday that he has enjoyed working with Vitter on education reform and appreciates the senator's "steadfast opposition" to Obamacare, but the current governor is not prepared to throw his support behind any candidate anytime soon.
"It's far too early for me to be making an endorsement or to be thinking about making an endorsement for him, or for any other candidate," Jindal said.
Vitter said late last year, in an e-mail to supporters, that he was considering a gubernatorial bid.
He now joins another Republican, Lt. Gov. Jay Darndenne, in the race for the GOP nomination. Another Republican, Louisiana state Treasurer John Kennedy, is considering a bid.
Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards has also launched a campaign. And New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, another Democrat, is also mulling a candidacy.
Following Vitter's announcement, the Louisiana Democratic Party blasted the senator for "shutdown-style politics that Republicans have perfected in D.C."
"We welcome the senator to the race and wish him well as he attempts to persuade Louisiana voters to give him a promotion - despite his record of ineptitude and obstruction," Chairwoman Karen Carter Peterson said in a statement.
Vitter has rebounded politically from scandal around past allegations he solicited prostitutes. He was linked to the so-called "D.C. Madam" scandal in 2007, but easily won reelection in 2010.
Vitter served in the U.S. House from 1999 to 2005, before winning election to the Senate.
In the long standing tradition of corrupt politics, Louisiana deserves Vitter.
Why should he?
Because he broke laws. He's a criminal. Criminals don't belong in elected government positions. Don't point to other bad behavior to justify the bad behavior of Rangel. That is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
As a US senator Vitter was-is-will be remembered as a total disaster and failure. His only claim to fame is his penchant for having memberships in all of the DC houses of ill repute. He isn't interested in a governorship; he's more interested in getting that Creole flavor. Those baggers love nothing better than frijoles’.
Democrat Party blasts Vitter for Shut Down Politics in Washington? Wow. You mean there is a Democrat Party in Louisiana? Well who'da guessed? Let the games begin!!
Republicans are con men, plain and simple.
@Rudy NYC- Thank you I could not have said it any better than your response.
The posterboards/picket signs depicting him wearing diapers almost arts-n-crafts themselves.
It's funny how the wording changes when referring to a republican. "So called DC Madam" scandal.
"You mean there is a Democrat Party in Louisiana?"
There is no such thing as a "Democrat Party" anywhere. That deliberate, intended-to-be-an-insult re-phrasing of it hearkens back to McCarthy trying to claim Dems were un-American commie sympathizers, etc. But that's ok...we're used to the GOP/Teatroll mindset being thoroughly stuck in the 1950's cold-war mentality. It's why we now have global war on terror mentality so thoroughly pervading our society...they just couldn't allow life to go on without replacing the cold war with a new bogeyman and diffuse, ill-defined, war concept to attach to them.
"...they just couldn't allow life to go on without replacing the cold war with a new bogeyman...
In the words of Michale Gorbechev (spelling may be off, and I'm paraphrasing.... but...)
"I am going to take away from America what it so desparately needs... an enemy".
If you don't live in Louisiana, keep your thoughts to yourself.
Jonathan Powelly, all you have to do is look at Washington. Start with Sen.Reid and dear Nancy Pelosi.
Now if this state for this corrupt POS...They have what they got coming to them...At least he'll be out the senate.
@lizzie, I am surprised you can write a complete sentence being from LA.
DC is NOT a single southern state.
I wonder if the majority of you who commented on this story actually live in the state of Louisiana like I do?
Presently we have several Republican Governors who are falures, so Vitter will fit right in. And of course the voters don't care about their criminal record.
Just a $#!t bird looking for some where to light.