Senator in prostitution scandal caught checking out lingerie
WASHINGTON — Rudy Giuliani isn’t the only Republican who enjoys women’s clothing every now and then. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) was spotted Saturday night browsing the lingerie department of Filene’s Basement downtown, Roll Call reports.
The Republican from Louisiana, caught hours before the Senate’s cloture vote on health care, looked “a bit lost” around ladies clothing, said Roll Call’s tipster.
“Is he looking for some ‘extra support’ for tonight’s big health care floor vote or is he up to his old habits?” the individual reportedly jested.
This is child’s play for Vitter — he’s dealt with much worse in his recent career. In 2007, he was caught frequenting a Washington prostitution ring, known as “D.C. Madam,” and subsequently admitted fault. He was later alleged to have been a regular customer by the “Madam.”
Up for re-election next year, Vitter might be facing a challenge from pornographic actress Stormy Daniels in the GOP primary.
More trouble over ‘rape’ amendment
Vitter got into trouble with another woman earlier this month.
Confronted by an impassioned rape survivor at a town hall, Sen. David Vitter tried everything from sympathizing to deflecting blame onto the Obama administration for his decision to vote against an anti-rape amendment.
Finally, amid shouts from protesters, the Louisiana Republican simply walked away.
Vitter was one of 30 Republican senators who voted against Sen. Al Franken’s amendment, passed in the Senate last month, that would de-fund government contractors who prevent employees from seeking justice when they have been raped.
The inspiration for the amendment was Jamie Leigh Jones, who was allegedly gang-raped by co-workers at Halliburton subsidiary KBR while on assignment in Baghdad, and was then prevented from pursuing the matter in courts.
At the town hall meeting earlier this month, a woman identifying herself as a “rape survivor” confronted Vitter and asked him why he voted against the amendment.
“I’m a rape survivor, and it meant everything to me to put [away] the person who attacked me,” she told Vitter.
Vitter responded, “I’m absolutely supportive of any case like that, that they are prosecuted criminally to the full extent of the law.”
“But there are rape victims that are being silenced,” the unnamed woman responded. “How can you support a company that tells a rape victim that she does not have a right to defend herself?”
“Do you realize President Obama was against that amendment, and his administration was against that amendment?” Vitter asked.
“But I’m not asking Obama, I’m asking you, senator,” the woman said.
At that point, Vitter walked briskly away from the woman and out of the town hall.
Raw Story has the video here.