March 13th, 2009
05:35 PM ET
13 years ago

Prominent social conservative passes on Senate run

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Tony Perkins has announced that he will not challenge Louisiana's Republican Sen. David Vitter in 2010."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told the Louisiana Republican Party Friday that he will not seek the GOP Senate nomination in 2010.

“This is not the right time,” Perkins said in a letter to Roger Villere, the chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party.

There had been speculation that Perkins would challenge incumbent Republican Sen. David Vitter, who has been tarnished by his alleged involvement with a prostitute.

But Perkins informed Villere that he supported Vitter’s bid for re-election in 2010. Vitter “is a strong advocate for conservative principles in the U.S. Senate,” Perkins wrote.

Updated: 5:35 p.m.

Filed under: David Vitter • Louisiana
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. tim

    I wouldn't want this psycho in the white house. period!

    March 13, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. Bud

    The Fascist Party would love to have their poster boy run for something. BUT there most be some juicy scandels hiding inside this truly ugly American. Maybe he and Swaggert can get together and cry for us?

    March 13, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. CluelessGop

    Vitter? Diaper wearing Vitter? What conservative values?

    March 13, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. flybyshoeing

    "Not the right time"? Translation: I did something naughty and do not want it exposed.

    March 13, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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