March 11th, 2009
04:57 PM ET
14 years ago

Dems put heat on Vitter for reported airport blow up

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Vitter said reports of an airport run in are overblown."]

(CNN) - The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is putting heat on Louisiana Sen. David Vitter for a reported run-in with a Dulles Airport employee last Thursday as he scrambled to make a flight back to his home state.

“Sooner or later Senator Vitter should learn how to control himself,” said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Eric Schultz, in an apparent reference to the Louisiana Republican's past involvement with Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called "DC Madam."

According to the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call, Vitter arrived at the gate 20 minutes before his flight was set to depart and went "ballistic" when he saw that the gate had already been closed.

Upon trying to open the door to the jetway himself, the senator set off a security alarm and quickly grew heated with an airport employee. Vitter ultimately backed down when the employee called security, Roll Call also reported.

But Vitter suggested Wednesday the report was overblown.

"In a rush to make my flight home for town hall meetings the next day, I accidentally went through a wrong door at the gate," Vitter said in a statement. "I did have a conversation with an airline employee, but it was certainly not like this silly gossip column made it out to be."

The Louisiana senator is expected to face a tough re-election bid in 2010, still vulnerable after his phone number appeared in Palfrey's "Black Book" in the summer of 2007.

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soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. Cynthia

    I am sure if this was one of the DEMS it would be a sob story, but since it is a republican they have to twist and turn it to be bad

    March 11, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Allan G. Hanson

    It wasn't Nancy Peloci who requested a private plane. It was Newt Gingridge and the secret service that determined because the speaker was 3rd in line for the Presidentcy that for security reasons the Speaker should have a private jet.
    I know this kills you right wing nuts but it is the truth. So live with it.
    All members of Congress have many jets at their disposal, and use them frequently.

    March 11, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. bill

    Is this the same "holier than thou" congressman who was on the call list for the "D.C. madam", and who tearfully told his wite and the public that he had "changed"?

    March 11, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Mark in Atlanta

    Sure David. Facing that kind of agro, I'm sure you needed some "cool down" time with one of your favorite whores.

    March 11, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Joshua

    I agree that Pelosi is just plan crazy requesting such things. She is an important person but not one to deserve her own plan.

    Although I think that when she does fly commercial, Iam sure she is much more reserved than Senetor Vitter is. It is lucky that he is a Senetor or else he would have been thrown into jail and questioned for his actions. Hopefully this will take him down a few pegs.

    March 11, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. catmom

    The guy is such a jerk, but it doesn't say a whole lot about the folks who elected him either....they seem to be willing to put up with him and his antics.

    March 11, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. Robert

    This senator needs to be returned to civilian life. He shouldn't be in charge of anything let alone making our laws. How can he look in the mirror at all. I hope he gets beat by the largest margin ever in his re-election bid. What a jerk.

    March 11, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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