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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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.
Chick-fil-A kind of day pic.twitter.com/D1HqJd3Umh— David Vitter (@DavidVitter) June 27, 2015
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