David Vitter

Thursday, October 1, 2015

WDSU: It's not true that an anti-David Vitter PAC will air ad during gubernatorial debate

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 2:01 PM

A screenshot from Gumbo PAC's anti-David Vitter ad, which the political action committee says will air tonight during WDSU-TV's live gubernatorial debate.
  • A screenshot from Gumbo PAC's anti-David Vitter ad, which the political action committee says will air tonight during WDSU-TV's live gubernatorial debate.


Talking Points Memo reports
that Gumbo PAC, the political action committee that calls itself a "non-partisan clearinghouse of information focused on educating Louisiana voters about U.S. Senator David Vitter's disgraceful public record," will run an ad featuring a baby in a diaper during tonight's live gubernatorial debate on WDSU-TV.

Joel Vlmanay, general manager of WDSU, told Gambit the report, written by TPM's Caitlin McNeal, was untrue. "It's a commercial-free debate," Vilmanay said. "And we wouldn't run an ad of that nature either during or adjacent to a debate." He said no one from Talking Points Memo ever called the station to confirm Gumbo PAC's report.

Gumbo PAC is headed by Trey Ourso, a Baton Rouge political consultant who served as head of the state Democratic Party more than a decade ago. He told Gambit that the TPM report had it wrong and that he never stated the ad would appear during the debate, but that he hadn't seen TPM's story.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

WWL-TV/Advocate poll very bad news for Vitter

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 9:08 AM

Sen. David Vitter has lost more than a third of his support since April, according to the latest independent statewide poll in the governor’s race. He is tied for the primary lead with Democrat John Bel Edwards, but he loses trails in runoff match-ups against all of his opponents in the WWL-TV-Advocate survey. - CREATIVE COMMONS/DEREK BRIDGES
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  • Sen. David Vitter has lost more than a third of his support since April, according to the latest independent statewide poll in the governor’s race. He is tied for the primary lead with Democrat John Bel Edwards, but he loses trails in runoff match-ups against all of his opponents in the WWL-TV-Advocate survey.



The first independent statewide survey since qualifying closed in the governor’s race shows U.S. Sen. David Vitter in trouble, despite the fact that he co-leads the field with Democrat state Rep. John Bel Edwards. The survey was taken by Clarus Research Group of Washington, D.C., for WWL-TV and The Advocate.

Here are the survey’s statewide results:
• John Bel Edwards 24%
• David Vitter 24%
• Scott Angelle 15%
• Jay Dardenne 14%
Five other candidates get 1% each, and “undecided” is at 18%. Vitter, Angelle and Dardenne are Republicans. Edwards is the only major Democrat.

How can Vitter be in trouble if he’s co-leading the poll?

Because since last April he has fallen from a high of 38% in a poll by Southern Media and Opinion Research (SMOR) — and being all alone atop the field — to just 24% (and tied for the lead with Edwards) in the Clarus poll. That’s a loss of more than one-third of his support since April.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Y@ Speak: #HereToStay

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Resilience. Vibrancy. Content. Restructuring. Efficiences. "Content staffers."

New Orleans Twitter and anyone with eyes on New Orleans watched another huge blow to The Times-Picayune and the city last week.

Also in this week's edition: Gov. Bobby Jindal does the #GOPdebate, Saints do a Ditka and more hits from the #NOLAscanner.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

David Vitter, another cowardly lion

Posted By on Sat, Sep 19, 2015 at 9:07 AM

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A lot of people don’t like U.S. Sen. David Vitter because of his past dalliances with prostitutes. Many more dislike him for entirely different — and more compelling — reasons: they think he’s too much like incumbent Gov. Bobby Jindal … only worse.

I mention that because of what happened at the recent Alliance for Good Government governor candidate forum at Loyola Law School. Only two of the major candidates showed up — Vitter, for a change, and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne. Vitter has skipped a number of forums, claiming he has pressing duties in the U.S. Senate. He also has declined to attend forums that don’t give him the questions in advance.

That’s one way he reminds folks of Jindal: he likes to control, orchestrate and script every “public” appearance. Spontaneity is avoided at all costs.

Both men remind me of the cowardly lion in The Wizard of Oz — full of bluster from a safe distance but ultimately afraid of their own shadows. Jindal is terrified of anything that might threaten his presidential ambitions, while Vitter is afraid to confront his past, particularly the “very serious sin” he admitted in 2007 — cavorting with prostitutes while a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. That came squarely into focus at the Alliance forum on Sept. 14.

At that forum, Vitter and Dardenne were asked if they had ever violated Title 14 of Louisiana’s statutes while in public office. Both men are lawyers, so it was a fair question. Title 14 is the state’s Criminal Code, and paying prostitutes for sex is unequivocally a criminal offense.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Y@ Speak: Rivalries, Chapter 1,000

Posted By on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 12:20 PM

Twitter: A Place for Feuds. Last week we watched car dealerships vs. eyebrows, Bobby Jindal vs. Donald Trump, and the ongoing tragedy of the New Orleans Saints vs. itself. Plus: Drew Brees wrestles alligators, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's will-he-or-won't-he house arrest, and bilingual pets.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Candidates for Louisiana governor support light rail from New Orleans to Baton Rouge

Posted By on Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 4:55 PM

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The state's crumbling roads and highways and the future of its transportation infrastructure bookended a forum among Louisiana's gubernatorial candidates in New Orleans this afternoon. But asked whether the candidates support linking New Orleans and Baton Rouge through an ambitious light-rail system, the answer was largely a "yes."

The candidates — Republican challengers Scott Angelle, Jay Dardenne and David Vitter, and Democrat John Bel Edwards — participated in a forum at the People's Health Jazz Market held by the Southeast Super Region Committee, made up of members from the South Louisiana Economic Council, Greater New Orleans Inc. and Baton Rouge Area Chamber and focusing on coastal restoration, trade and transportation issues. The candidates largely endorsed a high-speed rail line linking the parishes, though they were varied in their enthusiasm.

Edwards said he "unequivocally" supports the project, which he said he would fund within his term. He wants to make the Baton Rouge/New Orleans "super region" competitive with other super regions, not with each other. The rail line, he said, would link not just the parishes but cities and parishes between them.

Dardenne also was enthusiastic about the project, adding that the line could create a "Dallas-Ft. Worth"-styled "megapolis" in Louisiana and would decrease traffic congestion, particularly in Baton Rouge.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Y@ Speak: Boiled. Tested. Dirty.

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 12:59 PM


I showered and brushed my teeth — several times — during the boil water advisory. I'm fine. I grew a third arm and my eyes can see smells now, but it's fine. You all seemed to do OK. Let's look at your water-free weekend below.

Also this week: New Orleans mourns for Lafayette and Bernie Sanders comes to town.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Louisiana Democrats rally behind John Bel Edwards as the party rebuilds

Posted By on Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 12:45 AM

John Bel Edwards at the 2015 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in New Orleans held by the Louisiana Democratic Party.
  • John Bel Edwards at the 2015 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in New Orleans held by the Louisiana Democratic Party.

Louisiana's Democratic party is picking itself up and preparing for battle in 2015 and 2016. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's loss to Republican Bill Cassidy in the 2014 Senate race was a blow to Louisiana Democrats, now without any statewide office. But the 2015 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at the Sheraton New Orleans on July 25 served as a rally to bring the party back to its fighting weight. That battle begins with Gov. Bobby Jindal.  

Though Landrieu received a lifetime achievement award and U.S. Sen Amy Klobuchar was the event's keynote speaker, the event served more as a sort of unveiling of state Rep. John Bel Edwards, who is the Democratic front runner in the governor's race. Edwards said the pressing issue on voters' minds going into the 2015 election is recovering from Jindal. And Jindal's not even on the ballot. But the party continues to link Republican candidates for governor to Jindal — in his speech, Edwards called his opponents "Jindal on steroids" (David Vitter), "Jindal Lite" (Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne) and "Jindal incarnate" (Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle). Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, the last Democrat in the governor's mansion, introduced Edwards, whose supporters rang yellow bells with blue handles throughout his speech and at any mention of his name throughout the event.

In his speech, Edwards championed higher education, equal pay, a living wage and health care, adding that he will immediately expand Medicaid as soon as he enters office, if elected. "It's the right thing to do, it's the moral thing to do," he said.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Y@ Speak: nothing happened last week

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 5:30 PM


Nothing happened last week. David Vitter ate a sandwich.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What would you like to see on a David Vitter bumper sticker?

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2015 at 10:32 AM

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Sen. David Vitter — who's the frontrunner in this fall's gubernatorial election — is having his supporters choose his next bumper sticker (and will gladly send you one for a $10 donation). It's a followup to some of his other email campaign ideas, such as sending supporters koozies for a donation or giving away free ammo.

So far the choices are pretty prosaic: "I'm On #TeamVitter," "David Vitter For Louisiana" or "Together, Louisiana Strong." If you have a particular concern, perhaps it's addressed with "Stop Common Core" or "Secure the Border." 

Vote for your favorite — or leave your suggestion for a David Vitter bumper sticker in the comments.

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