David Vitter

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Editorial: Anybody here seen our old friend John (Kennedy)?

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 2:20 PM

  • Sen. John Neely Kennedy.

Shortly after taking office in January, U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy told The New York Times, “There’s this feeling among many in America that it’s harder than ever to get ahead in our country, that it’s easier than ever to do nothing. There’s a feeling that the people in Washington don’t listen and they don’t care. ... And they want something done about it. They’re entitled to be listened to and heard.”

We agree, which is why we’re puzzled that it’s so difficult for constituents to catch Kennedy’s ear these days. Consider this:
During Senate recesses in February and April, Kennedy held no town hall meetings in Louisiana — unlike Sen. Bill Cassidy, who met constituents (and braved some fury) in Metairie in February. Unhappy with Kennedy’s seeming unwillingness to meet the public, constituents held a protest on the steps of the Hale Boggs Federal Building in March (with Kennedy’s face on a “missing” milk carton) and another in April at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, where voters asked questions of an effigy of the senator. A similar gathering was held in Baton Rouge on the LSU campus that month.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Senate candidate Fayard: I'll take only 65 percent of my salary if elected

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2016 at 12:03 PM

Caroline Fayard, who is running for the U.S. Senate, pledged today to take only 65 percent of her salary if elected at a lunch at Dooky Chase's Restaurant in Treme. - PHOTO BY DELLA HASSELLE
  • Caroline Fayard, who is running for the U.S. Senate, pledged today to take only 65 percent of her salary if elected at a lunch at Dooky Chase's Restaurant in Treme.
Caroline Fayard, one of three declared Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated later this year by David Vitter, pledged Tuesday to only take 65 percent of her salary if elected, in an attempt to stand in solidarity with working women of Louisiana, she says.

Women in Louisiana earn only 65.3 percent of what their male counterparts bring home each year, making the state the worst in the country for wage equality, according to a report issued yearly by the National Partnership for Women & Families.

“I firmly believe you’ve got to put your money where your mouth is,” Fayard said during her announcement Tuesday.

The median annual pay for a woman who holds a full-time, year-round job in the Pelican State is $31,586, according to the report, while median annual pay for a man who holds a full-time, year-round job is $48,382.

The difference amounts to an annual wage gap of $16,796 — a discrepancy that can be even larger for women of color.

African American women, for example, are paid 48 cents to the dollar and Latinas are paid 51 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.

Putting the statistics together, Louisiana women who are employed full time lose a combined total of nearly $11 billion every year due to the wage gap, according to Fayard and the report. Fayard added that the discrepancy contributes to Louisiana’s ranking of 49th nationally in employment and earnings.

“Working mothers in Louisiana pay the same for a gallon of milk as everyone else. Our daughters pay the same for a gallon of gas as our sons,” Fayard said in a press release Tuesday. “Our economy and families will be stronger when Congress does the right thing by working women.”

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Y@ Speak: unpopular

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Bobby Jindal, Rob Ryan and David Vitter pack up their book bags, sling them over their shoulders and scan the cafeteria for somewhere, anywhere, anyone. Also this week: Refugee hysteria, Allen Toussaint, election night and po-boys.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Vitter, GOP resort to hysterical lies about Syrian refugees in Louisiana

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 3:18 PM

  • U.S. Sen. David Vitter.

I got a phone call this afternoon from Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand regarding an email he received today (Wednesday, Nov. 18) from the Louisiana Republican Party. The email, like U.S. Sen. David Vitter's entire gubernatorial campaign these days, falsely and deliberately tries to foster mass hysteria about Syrian refugees in Louisiana. It is, in my opinion, the most irresponsible, desperate, even despicable piece of campaign hysteria I have ever seen — and I’ve seen a lot. Worst of all, the GOP has the gall to solicit money at the end of the email.

"Somebody’s going to get killed” because of this kind of thing, Normand said to me. He's right. Catholic Charities, the arm of the Archdiocese of New Orleans that is helping resettle Syrian refugees in Louisiana, already has received threats, which Louisiana State Police Supt. Mike Edmondson confirmed yesterday (Nov. 17).

Ironically, David Vitter's wife Wendy is the general counsel for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, which means she also is the lawyer for Catholic Charities — the people who are bringing in refugees. Apparently the senator is so desperate that he doesn't even mind throwing his wife and Archbishop Gregory Aymond under the bus for a few cheap political points.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Y@ Speak: everyone doing OK?

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 1:00 PM

New Orleans and music fans mourn the loss of the genius Allen Toussaint. Saints fans implode. A truck knocked over a man inside a port-o-let. Are y'all OK? It's been a week — let's get to it.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Y@ Speak: forgetting

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 12:40 PM

As the Bard wrote... I have almost forgot the taste of fears.

There was once a time I'd shiver at the thought of a losing season. Now I've seen true horror: a winless Pelicans, a tortured Saints, and king cake in November. Also: Alabama rolls out the welcome wagon and Mayor Mitch Landrieu rides a bike.

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David Vitter addresses prostitution scandal — indirectly — in new ad

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 12:30 PM


Since his famous 2007 press conference at which he admitted to a "very serious sin," Sen. David Vitter has kept mum about the prostitution scandal that has dogged his career. As he's run for Louisiana governor, however, his opponents and others have raised the matter again. This weekend, an ad by Vitter's opponent, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, made direct reference to prostitutes and drew nationwide attention.

Now the Vitter camp seems to have taken another tack, with an ad called "Hard Times."

"Fifteen years ago, I failed my family," Vitter says, addressing the camera. "but found forgiveness and love. I learned that our falls aren't what define us, but rather how we get up, accept responsibility and earn redemption." 


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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Endorsement: John Bel Edwards for Louisiana governor

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 2:57 PM

State Rep. John Bel Edwards.
  • State Rep. John Bel Edwards.

Early voting starts this Saturday, Nov. 7, and continues through next Saturday, Nov. 14, in Louisiana’s runoff election for governor. The choice between the two remaining candidates is clear: State Rep. John Bel Edwards is the man best suited to lead us out of the morass left by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Y@ Speak: All Saints, All Day

Posted By on Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 1:00 PM

This Y@ Speak is full of ghouls 'n' goblins, from Voodoo Fest's Halloween mud monsters to presidential debates and a spooky tale of a team that scores more than 40 points... and loses. Also: The New Orleans Pelicans are off to a rough start, despite the power of candy corn.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Carville blasts Vitter ad, ties him to Jindal via LABI

Posted By on Sun, Nov 1, 2015 at 7:47 PM

click image Democratic political consultant James Carville. - CREATIVE COMMONS/CHRIS GAMPAT
  • Democratic political consultant James Carville.

Democratic political consultant James Carville has issued a statement condemning Sen. David Vitter's controversial TV ad that blasts Rep. John Bel Edwards for supporting bipartisan incarceration reforms as "racially charged, vicious, dishonest" and contradictory to Vitter's own statements about prison reform.

Carville also foresees a coming endorsement for Vitter from the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), which he described as "one of the most pro-Jindal organization in the state and the group most committed to continuing Bobby Jindal’s policies."

In his statement, a copy of which was sent to Gambit by Carville, the veteran consultant and New Orleans resident says he hopes that if LABI chooses to endorse Vitter that the group will "accompany its endorsement with a statement expressing discomfort with Sen. Vitter’s universally condemned ad, and a statement that LABI has received assurances that Sen. Vitter’s future ads will be ideological and not racial in content and tone.”

Here is the full text of Carville's statement:

“I have watched with growing alarm and dismay as Senator David Vitter has stooped to new lows in his desperate attempts to discredit the exemplary military and public service record of Rep. John Bel Edwards. I can no longer just watch. As a lifelong Louisianan, I must speak out.

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