September 29th, 2010
03:28 PM ET
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TRENDING: Vitter prostitution scandal highlighted in Louisiana race

(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."

Recent polls have shown Melancon trailing Vitter.

The new ad also includes statements by various unidentified Louisiana residents.

"If you're writing the laws, you should abide by laws," one resident says. "And if you break the law you should suffer the consequences as a regular citizen."

Vitter was linked to the so-called D.C. Madam in 2007, eventually admitting that he committed a "very serious sin."

Jeff Giertz, a spokesman for the Melancon campaign, said the campaign hopes the ad highlights unanswered questions by Vitter and a "double standard" for the senator.

Vitter has two new statewide ads out, including one calling Melancon "Barack Obama's biggest fan."

The Vitter campaign offered no immediate response to the prostitution scandal ad.

Filed under: 2012 • Charlie Melancon • David Vitter
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. vic, Nashville TN

    Not Too Late democrats go fight back

    September 29, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Dean

    I guess when a Democrat is in fear of losing anything is fair play.
    Wonder how Melancon came upon the hooker?????????????????

    September 29, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. gt

    wow.. the democrats are skinking lower and lower...butter watch out.. those who live in glass house... oh you know the rest..

    September 29, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. jim

    So this is how the dems expect to keep their seats in the Congress.This has nothing to do with how legislation is handled when it comes before Congress to be voted on. I'm more worried about whether cap and trade will pass or if we're going to spend billions more an another stimulus bill than what some some Congreessman is doing in his playtime. But. i guess that is kinda boring to the media outlets in this country.

    September 29, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. Cheney and Armey are a couple of Dicks

    Prostitution, sex bondage, gay/lesbian sex are a part of the republican family values platform. Vitter is the DC Madame's biggest fan.

    September 29, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Haren

    Are Tea party guys going to call Senator Jim Demint Hitler?

    September 29, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    But but but...IOKIYAR !!!!

    September 29, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. SAY WHAT!!!

    bring out all the skeletons...dig more you will find more...

    September 29, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    I fully support Melancon's campaign approach. The [R]s let us know, with their treatment of Pres. Clinton's private life, that ANYTHING GOES. So be it. Let these righhtwing numbskulls reap what they have sown.

    And by the way, if Melancon really is Obama's biggest fan, then he is OK by me. The guy has some brains.

    September 29, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. michaelam

    So much for right wing, family values! Send Diaper Boy to the unemployment line! Perhaps, we have a glimmer of hope of moving this country forward!

    September 29, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. S. in California

    Sin and republican go together. They just love to PUT UP. I wish they would shut-up.

    September 29, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Eddie

    @dean, gt and jim, lol. funny after all the gop has told, u guys dont like when the gop is expose. lol. u cons are a joke. lies, lies and more. u guys should stick with fox noise

    September 29, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    I do not normally condone this type of slimy campaigning, but I am FED UP TO THE HILT with Rethuglikkklans waltzing around breaking every commandment in sight without fear of repercussion while calling people out about their personal religion. I am beyond sick and tired of the way Rethuglikkklans have turned a blind eye and a stone-cold heart to the needs of our country after they wrecked it; choosing instead to creat divisiveness, promote hate and fear, and just plain lying to ALL citizens about the facts in order to ensure that "Obama fails". I am at maximum capacity with Democrats running scared,a nd letting themselves be bullied by these pansies when in fact Democrats are THE ONLY ONES with a good record to stand on these past two years as most of them have diligently buckled down to saving our economy and taking care of the forgotten and moribund middle-class.

    So yes!!! Slam them with the sins of their own making. Rip their holier-than-thou mask off their hypocritical faces, and let them dance to the music of their own making.

    Go DEMOCRATS!!!!

    September 29, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    And another thing Democrats your mindset at this moment through election time should be that of someone who has NOTHING TO LOSE AND EVERYTHING TO GAIN. Think homocidal (so to speak), not suicidal. If you're going to lose in November take a few of these scumbags RethugliKKKlans down with you by EXPOSING THEM!!!! We don't need these bloosucking two-faces in any type of elected office, so BURY THEM!!!

    Can't you see by now that they won't think twice about burying YOU?? Here's the catch though, and it is in your favor: not only are you DEMOCRATS holding the gun, but the Rethugs have actually given you a full clip of ammunition. DON'T BE AFRAID TO SHOOT!!!!

    September 29, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Eddie

    And also jim, saved the spending money and debt. Remember what it was like two yrs ago about? if not google it. Things are 100 times better now than 2 yrs ago.

    September 29, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    Unfortunately the rethugs talk family values but they don't play the game. vitter's wife should have clocked him while he was apologizing. The look on her face was priceless.
    Nothing says self respect of yourself and your marriage than a husband who likes prostitutes and likes to wear diapers!! 🙂 🙂
    That is one heck of a BIG joke from the rethugs who have given us men bathroom pickups, Appalachian trail lies, paying off your mistress' husband and the C street gang.

    September 29, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I have no respect for a man who whores around with a prostitute, get caught and then has his wife stand up for him. But then again Vitter probably told her that was his first time, NOT, it was the first time he got caught. Scumbag.

    September 29, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    tea is only good for one day GOBAMA GO

    September 29, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. The Unsub

    @dominican momma...right on!!

    September 29, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. gt

    vitter neads to go on cnn and speak with elliot spitzer and his host ..and talk of melacans new ad.......... interesting to get elliots views....

    September 29, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |