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  "... an operating style that Vitter's critics complain is consumed with public relations, even for an ambitious member of Congress: speeding in and out of meetings, railing about issues on the Senate floor but doing little to execute behind the scenes, firing off news releases left and right. In an institution in which the inside game is critical, Vitter doesn't even pretend to bother with it." — POLITICO's Manu Raju on Sen. David Vitter's unpopularity with his fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill. Several GOP senators went on the record to diss Vitter, but Raju pointed out a Southern Media Opinion and Research Poll from December 2014 that showed 80 percent of Louisiana Republicans give him a positive job approval rating.

  "David Vitter is stronger right now than eight rolls of garlic." — Southern Media & Opinion Research (SMOR) pollster Bernie Pinsonat, on Vitter's latest numbers in the governor's race. SMOR found Vitter with 38 percent of support from Louisiana voters, far ahead of the other Republicans in the race (Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne has 16.5 percent; Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, 5.4 percent). The lone Democrat, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, is in second place with 24 percent.

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