(CNN) - Republican incumbent Sen. David Vitter has won his bid for re-election to a second term as Louisiana senator, CNN projects, beating out conservative Democratic Rep. Charlie Melancon. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.
(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."
(CNN) – Rather than telling Louisiana voters what he stands for, Rep. Charlie Melancon is telling voters what he doesn't stand for.
The Democratic Senate candidate released a new TV ad Tuesday touting his opposition to Democratic priorities such as the so-called "cap and trade" energy bill and landmark health care reform.
" ... and I told President Obama his moratorium of off-shore drilling was a job-killer here in Louisiana, and I passed a bill through the House to end it."
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Louisiana 03: Rep. Charlie Melancon is running for Senate and leaving behind an open seat.
Primary: August 28, 2010
Location: Houma and Thibodaux, the eye of the Katrina storm.
Days until the election: 33
This seat, which has opened up because three-term Democratic Rep. Charlie Melancon is challenging GOP Sen. David Vitter, looks like it is headed into the win column for the GOP. The twist here is that we won't know who the Republican candidate is until October 1, when the GOP holds a run-off between Iraq vet and businessman Jeff Landry and former state House speaker Hunt Downer.
(CNN) - Rep. Charlie Melancon, the Democratic Senate nominee in Louisiana, plans to run a two-minute television ad as early as Wednesday night addressing his GOP opponent's 2007 prostitution scandal, a spokesman for Melancon's campaign said.
The ad, an abridged version of a Melancon campaign film called "Forgotten Crimes," features an audio recording of a "French Quarter prostitute," who describes her experience with Sen. David Vitter.
"He went in, took a shower, spoke very little to me at first," she says. "He did his thing. He wasn't there 15, 20 minutes at that."
(CNN) - Republican Sen. David Vitter and Democratic Rep. Charlie Melancon easily coasted to victory Saturday in the Louisiana Senate primary, setting up a November race between the conservative senator and the Blue Dog Democrat congressman.
Vitter, in his first appearance on the ballot since a 2007 scandal, overwhelmed two Republican challengers.
The Associated Press showed Vitter winning 87 percent of the vote, 80 points ahead of his nearest opponent, former State Supreme Court justice Chet Traylor.
(CNN) – Louisiana Democratic Rep. Charlie Melancon is out Friday with a biting new ad that attacks incumbent Republican Senator David Vitter's 'sins,' as well as his voting record on women's issues.
The 30-second ad, entitled 'The Worst,' features a woman's voice combined with images of Vitter and his wife leaving a July 2007 press conference where Vitter admitted to having an extramarital affair and contacting an escort service.
The narrator says, "We know how David Vitter handled his serious sin."
Washington (CNN) – A Louisiana lawmaker expressed frustration Wednesday about the schism that has been revealed between the advanced technology used to drill for oil and gas and the less advanced technology available to clean up an oil spill.
“Part of the frustration I have not only with our government but with the oil industry is they are drilling with 21st century technology and we’re trying to clean up with 20th century technology,” Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Louisiana, said on CNN’s John King, USA. “That dog doesn’t hunt. We should have the best.”
Melancon also told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that in the wake of the Exxon Valdez incident in 1989 the federal government probably should have had a commission look into new technology for cleaning up oil spills. The Democrat imagined the development of something like the fire extinguishers many Americans have in their kitchens that could be quickly deployed in the wake of a massive oil release like the one caused by the out of control well spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. “That’s not been done,” Melancon told King.
Coast Guard officials in charge of the response effort do not dispute that much of the effort involves older equipment and technology.
But they also say they are rushing to add new approaches to the mix, including Dutch skimming arms that arrived in recent days. Also new on the scene: "current busters" from Norway which can skim oil at speeds of up to 4 knots.
Most vessels must travel much more slowly, at .7 to 1 knot.
"We are trying to bring in the most advanced technology we can," Coast Guard Capt. Roger Laferriere told CNN Wednesday.
(CNN) – Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-Louisiana, said Thursday it may just be time for Tony Hayward, the CEO of embattled energy giant BP, to go home to the United Kingdom.
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While speaking with the press in Louisiana Sunday, Hayward was asked what he’d say to the people of the state where BP’s heavy, unrefined crude is soiling precious marshes. "The first thing to say is I'm sorry," the energy executive said.
Then, Hayward added, "We're sorry for the massive disruption it's caused their lives. There's no one who wants this over more than I do. I would like my life back."
Hayward used Facebook to apologize for the comment, but it still did not sit well with Melancon, who called on Hayward to resign because of the remark.
The people of Louisiana “would like to have their life back,” Melancon said in an interview on CNN’s The Situation Room. “They’re not responsible for what has happened down here but they’re the ones who are paying the price for it.”
“And if he wants his life back, go on back to Britain — but send us somebody who cares about this state, cares about these people and will be honest with us.”