Thursday, July 12, 2007

Republican Senator David Vitter (La.) apparently has some skeletons in his closet. His name appears on the phone records of the DC madam that has been in the press recently. Vitter has issued an apology and says that he has “asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife”. His statement also said that this occurred before he ran for Senate.

Fine. He has been forgiven by God and by his wife. But what about the people he represents? I’m not a Louisiana voter, so I’ll speak hypothetically. If my Senator were to make such an announcement I’d want a little say-so in the matter. As a voter, I feel that’s my right. If my representative behaved in a way that I found distasteful, then I would want to hold him accountable for it. The fact that he kept this from his constituents prior to running for the Senate, only to apologize once it was made public is disgraceful. Is he sorry he committed adultery, or is he sorry that he got caught committing adultery? Seems like the latter to me.

So I think the good people of Louisiana deserve another chance to voice their opinion on Vitter, given the recent turn of events. I feel a recall election is in order (I’m not sure the Constitution allows this), but this news is so big that, if legal, a new election should be held. If the Constitution doesn’t allow for a recall election, then Vitter should resign his position. That’s the decent thing to do. He says he’s sorry, but is he sorry enough to suffer the consequences of his behavior?

You may have been forgiven, Senator, but your actions come with a price, the least of which should include the forfeiture of your Senate seat. Do that, and perhaps the people of Louisiana and the members of your party can forgive you as well.


Allisoni Balloni said...

What does someone else's sex life have ANYTHING to do with you if you are not directly involved? There is no reason at all that it would have been necessary for him to include the fact that he "committed adultery" during his campaign. Because it is no one else's business and it should stay that way.


It's a "hot item" for the dull, voyueristic public. 'Romantic Willie'
is not alone, and the "sinless" among us are loathe to be silent.

So, take care, Rascals!

(Hell, at my age I still play Bingo, guzzle a rare Heiniken On Festivus, and Smoke Cigarettes! If you turn your nose up at "Second-Hand Smoke" just Stay Away, and Report Me to the Piety Police!) reb

John Washburn said...

Allisoni, it's a matter of trust. Vitter betrayed his wife and violated his marriage vows. That poses a severe trust issue for me. Tell me, would you marry a man who had cheated on his ex-wife? Would you date someone who cheated on his prior girlfriends? Would you loan money to a friend who still hasn't paid you back the money you loaned him last year?

Why on earth should the voters expect a man to "protect and defend the Constitution" when he can't even protect and defend his own marriage? You are dead wrong. If a man can't be trusted, then he has no business serving millions of constituents who depend on him to represent their interests in Washington. I don't expect politicians to disclose every single thing they've done wrong, but adultery is a big one, and yes the people have a right to know that.

It's none of my business if my neighbor commits adultery. But it's very much my business if my Senator or President does because I DO have a vested interest in this person. I want to know if I can trust my Senator.

Reb, well said. Obviously there are no trust issues with the things that you mentioned, so I'll raise my own Heineken to ya and say keep givin' 'em hell.