Posts Tagged ‘David Vitter’

Will Gov. Jindal and U.S. Sen. Vitter condemn Newt Gingrich’s offensive remarks at today’s forum with Gingrich?

June 1, 2009

Gov. Bobby Jindal and U.S. Sen. David Vitter are scheduled to attend former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s New Orleans forum today — less than one week after Gingrich called President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor racist.

Last week, Gingrich wrote on Twitter, “Imagine a judicial nominee said ‘my experience as a white man makes me better than a Latina woman’ new racism is no better than old racism … White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. Latina woman racist should also withdraw.”

Gingrich’s remarks have already been repudiated by Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Cornyn told NPR, “I think it’s terrible. This is not the kind of tone that any of us want to set when it comes to performing our constitutional responsibilities of advice and consent.”

“Gov. Jindal and David Vitter should condemn Newt Gingrich’s offensive, shameful remarks,” says Chris Whittington, chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Will they join Senator Cornyn in defending Judge Sotomayor, or will they stay silent in support of Gingrich’s inappropriate and divisive remarks?”


David Vitter’s embarrassing behavior continues

March 11, 2009

Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter threw a temper tantrum in a Washington, D.C. airport, going as far as opening an armed security door and berating a United Airlines employee – because Vitter was late for his flight.

According to Roll Call, Vitter set off a security alarm and “proceeded to dress down an airline employee who told him entering the restricted area was forbidden.” Vitter delivered a “do-you-know-who-I-am tirade” that prompted the airline worker to summon security. Vitter remained defiant and continued yelling, then left the scene when the airline attendant went to get a security guard.

“David Vitter’s behavior continues to embarrass Louisiana,” says Chris Whittington, chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “It’s offensive that David Vitter thinks he deserves special treatment, and thinks it’s perfectly OK to berate an employee that was only doing their job.”

Whittington says Vitter continues to be a black eye for Louisiana. “Vitter’s prostitution scandal, his partisan obstruction to President Obama’s economic recovery plan, and his lack of respect for airport security shows Vitter’s same lack of respect for the people of Louisiana.”

Roll Call‘s headline: Vitter goes from Hookergate to Gate-Crashing.

Vitter’s hypocrisy on the omnibus bill and Louisiana projects

March 9, 2009

Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter continues to show blind allegiance to the national Republican Party’s obstructionist agenda, as Vitter has told The Times-Picayune that he plans to vote against the omnibus bill. But Vitter, who tries to paint himself as a fiscal conservative, has more than 140 earmarks – totaling nearly $250 million — in the omnibus bill that he’s personally sponsored or co-sponsored with Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and other legislators.


These earmarks include funds for Pennington Biomedical Research Center ($623,000), a drug task force for the Louisiana Sheriffs Association ($700,000), a new terminal for Monroe Regional Airport ($1.4 million), multiple Louisiana road and infrastructure projects, and funding for universities across the state.


So why does Vitter plan to vote against the omnibus bill?


“This is another glaring example of David Vitter’s hypocrisy,” says Chris Whittington, chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “The omnibus plan contains numerous projects that benefit Louisiana and will help move the state forward, but all David Vitter cares about is playing partisan politics.”


Whittington says Vitter’s real motives will be on display after Vitter’s vote.


“Watch him try and take credit for Louisiana projects and funding that he voted against,” says Whittington. “David Vitter has a difficult time giving straight answers to the people of Louisiana.”


You know Vitter’s grasping at straws when even conservative commentator Laura Ingraham calls him out.

Vitter, Cassidy blasted for putting Republican Party partisanship over the needs of Louisiana

February 19, 2009

The letters keep coming. From The Advocate:

Sen. David Vitter’s votes in the Senate are not helping working people who are losing their retirements, their homes and their jobs, including union workers at General Motors that he said should take a pay cut before he calls for CEOs to take a cut in pay and bonuses. …

Our new congressman, Bill Cassidy of Baton Rouge, seems to be catering to his Republican Party bosses from the start.

Our congressman voted against the stimulus package that would bring billions of dollars to our state.

The stimulus package included millions for Medicaid, and our good doctor congressman went along with the 100 percent Republican Party line and voted against bringing the needed funds to the 6th District. …

It seems to me it would be best for our 6th District that he represents if he could bring home our share of all those tax dollars being spent.

What good is a congressman who doesn’t look out for the needs of the district he represents?

Louisiana citizens write in support of President Obama, and express their displeasure with the GOP and David Vitter

February 17, 2009

From Alexandria to Baton Rouge, Louisiana citizens are writing in to their newspapers and supporting President Obama – and expressing their displeasure with the Republican Party and Louisiana’s Republican legislators. From the Town-Talk:

Our nation is in serious economic trouble and requires the utmost attention from all Americans. The Republican Party must listen to all, not just a few senators from southern states.

Where were those senators like David Vitter when President Bush, who inherited a surplus but chose to spend the people’s money with no regards to our children’s future? … The arrogance of the Republican Party refused to hear the voice of their constituents. Absent was the courage of our Sen. Vitter to tell [President George Bush] that he was wrong and vote against policies that were not in the best interest of America.

Vitter is a “Johnny come lately.” Pride, sex and money will cloud one’s judgment. I supported Vitter, but will not next time. I strongly believe that marriage is between a man and his wife not a man and his prostitute. The women of Louisiana are to be outraged and need to send a strong message to Vitter and the Republican Party of Louisiana that family values and accountability should remain the cornerstone of Republican ideology.

And from The Advocate:

After reading today’s article regarding the “competition” U.S. Sen. David Vitter faces and his re-election possibilities, I was amused by Baton Rouge pollster Bernie Pinsonat’s obviously uninformed comment: “I thought Vitter would have a tough time getting re-elected, but right now Obama is sent from heaven.” He alluded to the supposed negative publicity surrounding President Barack Obama and his stimulus package, and cited this as a reason Vitter would get re-elected.

Either Mr. Pinsonat is ill-informed or refuses to accept the actual facts, but a poll that was cited on all news channels Monday, Feb. 9, notes a 67 percent approval rating for how President Obama is handling the financial crisis.

Louisiana GOP economic recovery dialogue: just make stuff up

February 13, 2009

It’s been a banner couple of days for the Louisiana GOP’s blatant disregard for the truth. Yesterday, the Louisiana Republican Party tried to attack Congressman Charlie Melancon for taking a bipartisan Congressional trip to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, which will include updates on America’s ongoing efforts in Afghanistan. That was their illogical launching point for another partisan attack against the economic recovery plan, which the GOP claimed includes “$30M to protect the salt marsh harvest mouse that happens to inhabit an area within Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco district.”

There’s only one problem, as documented here. It’s a lie – and one started by a GOP staffer who admitted that no such language or legislation exists in the economic recovery package.

Not to be outdone, Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter repeated the lie – this time in a fundraising letter. Given Vitter’s sordid history with denying the facts, it’s not surprising.

And finally, even though he’s just getting his feet wet in Washington, D.C., 4th district Republican congressman John Fleming has hopped right on board the GOP dishonesty train. Fleming, a physician, has been spouting the nonsense that a new health care czar will interfere with patient care at the local level.

In repeating this debunked falsehood, Fleming sinks to the level of Ann Coulter. (The link includes video of Fleming and Fox News’ Glenn Beck on the right hand side of the page for full effect.)

David Vitter votes against Louisiana jobs and economic recovery

February 10, 2009

Louisiana Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter has voted against the economic recovery plan.

With his vote, David Vitter continues his abysmal track record of serving only the failed Republican policies that created this economic crisis.  This economic recovery plan has crucial investments in Louisiana’s infrastructure, schools, and coastal restoration efforts, as well as tax cuts for Louisiana families and businesses, but David Vitter would rather put partisanship over helping Louisiana families.

What’s at stake: saving or creating more than 3 million jobs, including more than 52,000 in Louisiana. The economic recovery plan will also help repair Louisiana roads and bridges, modernize at least 215 educational facilities in Louisiana, and will provide 77,000 families in Louisiana with new assistance for college, helping make college education more affordable and accessible. And that’s just a small portion of the estimated $3-$5 billion worth of projects in the economic recovery package that would help Louisiana.

Vitter is ignoring the needs of Louisiana and its people. At a time when Louisiana and America need action to solve this economic crisis, David Vitter is perfectly content being an obstructionist who’s putting Louisiana families and businesses at risk.

State Children’s Health Insurance expanded — Louisiana Republicans’ opposition fails

February 4, 2009

President Barack Obama has just signed into law the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), giving health coverage to 4 million more children across America – including 80,000 additional Louisiana children. In today’s struggling economy, President Obama and Louisiana Democrats are delivering on their pledge to make health care more accessible and affordable for families.

The Louisiana Democratic Party applauds the hard work of President Barack Obama, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, Congressman Charlie Melancon, and Democrats across the state and country in this vital health care initiative.

By contrast, Louisiana Republicans are intent on repeating the failed vision and policies of the Bush administration. (Bush twice vetoed the expansion of SCHIP.) Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter and Republican Louisiana Congressmen Steve Scalise, Bill Cassidy, Charles Boustany, Rodney Alexander and John Fleming all voted against expanding health care for Louisiana children. Sen. Vitter and his Republican colleagues are showing they have no interest in bipartisanship, which is tragic when the health of Louisiana children is at stake. And Charles Boustany, Bill Cassidy, and John Fleming are all physicians, which makes their votes on SCHIP inexcusable.

House Democratic Caucus Chairwoman questions David Vitter’s Clinton votes

January 26, 2009

Count Democratic state Rep. Karen St. Germain amonkaren-stgermaing the critics of Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s recent votes against Hillary Clinton. As The Advocate reports, St. Germain wonders about Vitter’s motives:

St. Germain pointed to some of the bipartisan support the former New York senator gained as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state selection.

“Sen. Vitter’s votes against Sen. Clinton send the wrong message to Washington, D.C., about Louisiana’s priorities. Important decisions loom regarding health care, education and our economic struggles,” St. Germain said in her statement. “I urge Sen. Vitter and the entire Louisiana delegation to reject purely partisan politics, and vote in the best interests of Louisiana and the country.”

David Vitter votes against women’s legal right to equal pay

January 23, 2009

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passed the Senate last night – despite Louisiana Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter’s vote against it.

“David Vitter needs to explain to the women of Louisiana why he doesn’t think they deserve the right to fight for equal pay,” says Britton Loftin, executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “Why does he want to make it harder for women who are victims of wage discrimination?”

The legislation is named after Lilly Ledbetter, the former Goodyear Rubber and Tire Company worker who had discovered that she was earning less than her male counterparts at Goodyear for equal work. Her case eventually made it to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled against Ledbetter and her claim since she didn’t file it within 180 days of Goodyear setting her pay scale. (Which, of course, would have been impossible for Ledbetter, since she didn’t find out about the pay discrepancy at Goodyear for years.)

But her fight for the rights of women across Louisiana and America continues with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. It passed the U.S. House last week – with no thanks to Louisiana Republican Congressmen Charles Boustany, Steve Scalise, Rodney Alexander, Bill Cassidy, and John Fleming, who also voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

“Even when women have documented evidence of pay discrimination, David Vitter and his Louisiana Republican colleagues don’t support them,” says Loftin. “It’s unconscionable.”