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.