"When we took the majority, I had said that I believe we ought to hold ourselves to a higher standard. And I think what has happened in his instance doesn't meet that standard. So I told him that I thought he should resign." — U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, turning up the heat on freshman U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, R-Swartz, who was caught on surveillance tape kissing a married staffer. McAllister had said he wouldn't resign, but he wouldn't run for re-election when his abbreviated term is up in November.
"It's always difficult." — U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu to Roll Call, when asked if it was difficult dealing with fellow Louisiana U.S. Sen. David Vitter. Landrieu, the chairwoman of the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee and a strong advocate of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, was frustrated that Vitter wanted to add an amendment to the Keystone legislation that would eliminate employer contributions to Congressional members and their staffs. "It just makes clear that Sen. Vitter will put getting headlines above getting things done for the country," Landrieu said.
"This is not a medicine. It's a controlled dangerous substance and has serious side effects." — Caddo Parish District Attorney Charles Scott, describing medical marijuana to the Louisiana Senate Committee on Health and Welfare last week.