August 13th, 2010
08:01 PM ET
13 years ago

In new ad, Louisiana dem slams opponents 'serious sin'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" Louisiana Democratic Rep. Charlie Melancon is out Friday with a biting new ad that attacks incumbent Republican Senator David Vitter's 'sins.'"]

(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."

"And when Vitter's staffer violently abused his girlfriend, Sen. Vitter let him keep his job working on women's issues," the ad continues as a photo of a woman with chin stitches is shown.

The NRSC issued a response on Friday, calling the ad "another desperate attempt by Charlie Melancon to distract voters from his years in Washington carrying water for Nancy Pelosi and President Obama."

"Louisianians overwhelmingly reject the reckless policies Melancon and his party bosses are ramming down their throats from Washington, and that's why voters will reelect Senator Vitter this November," NRSC spokesman Chris Bond said in a statement.

Both Vitter and Melancon are leading their respective primary races. Louisiana will hold its primaries on August 28.

–CNN Political Coverage Manager Steve Brusk contributed to this report

Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Melancon • David Vitter
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. aunt Bea and Opie

    Its not his sin, its his stupidity and the fact he is a bought moron.

    August 13, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. Spoody

    Don't waste time attacking Republicans for vice–they forgive their own

    August 13, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. katiec

    Vitter is another one of those radical religious rights whose motto is listen to what I say, hear how wonderful I am, but do not do as I do, as it is ok for me but not for you.
    Anyone who thinks he is above everyone else, can hide behind the Bible while sinning is a hypocrit of the worst kind.

    August 13, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Roger

    This is just another example of how the Dummycrats have lost touch with America, they are desperate and will use any means to force their socialist agendy upon our great country!

    August 13, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  5. Coherent1

    Umm, he didn't have to go that far. Vitter's record speaks for itself. I hate when they begin personal attacks because everyone has something they'd rather not have exposed. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Is that a directive or a dare? Judging from what I've seen, it's a dare. Cut it out!

    August 13, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. You have to mention the diapers!

    And how many years of carrying water for Obama could Melancon have been "guilty" of?

    Oh, and the "opponents" in the headline is a possessive missing an apostrophe.

    August 13, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  7. George of the jungle

    If it was the other way around you can bet the repos would be doing it. Looks to me he has brought up some good issues. Vitter is a joke who can't keep it in his pants. Another moral christian I bet he is against abortion too.

    August 13, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    vitter (diaper man himself) is a disgrace. His wife should have told him to take a long walk on a short pier a long time ago.
    I love it when the party of family values falls from the pulpit. Unfortunately, the same right wing bible thumping public doesn't seem to mind.

    August 13, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  9. Dennis

    Come on guys, David Vitter is NOT a SINNER. If he is a REPUBLICAN he is just a "morally challanged person". How the religious right can continue to support such sleeze is beyond me. Money I guess speaks louder than values.

    August 13, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  10. Karl in Charleston,SC

    Let he without sin cast the first stone...

    August 13, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  11. Tommy Mack

    I believe in legalized prostitution. But at the moment, it is ILLEGAL in Louisiana and this senator admits to it. By being a "John", he broke the law and he's no better than the shirtless dudes on COPS. Why is he still a senator?

    August 13, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  12. Gil

    While a sin in the eyes of God I remember JFK having sins. I'd rate him a heck of a lot better than any Bush or Nixon! You can govern in sin!

    August 13, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. Augsbee

    Yup, finally Vitter is getting someone to slap him around a little. He deserves it.

    August 13, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  14. Steve in North Carolina

    Where's the Kingfisher?

    August 13, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  15. DENNA

    Good. It's time for the Democrats to call out the so-called 'family values' party. They call themselves the 'family values' party, but they don't seem to mind breaking up those families if they are Mexican. Democratic candidates should show them up for the liars they are. The Limbaugh-Beck crowd isn't capable of an independent thought, but the rest of us are.

    August 13, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  16. Felix

    I'd leave the Senator alone as he is breaking the trend: everybody knows that the Dems are prone to cash transgressions while the Reps are more about flesh. Some exceptions exist, like Mr. Clinton, but he is a centrist.

    August 13, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  17. T'SAH from Virginia

    "Louisianians overwhelmingly reject the reckless policies Melancon and his party bosses are ramming down their throats from Washington..."

    And what was VITTER ramming down his throat???!!!! Old Vitter will be BITTER once the Dems finish with him!! Kick 'im to the CURB!!!

    August 13, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  18. roro

    Vitter is someone no woman should ever vote for.

    August 13, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  19. cjr

    Melecon cares about the people of LA and their oil spill problems-Vitter cares about neither , simple as that

    August 13, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  20. duke

    vitter is a moron. like all republicans.i hope he loses by a million votes.

    August 13, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |