Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Return of the son of the Republican hooker scandal, Part XXVIII

Image of Senator Vitter (R-LA) from washingtonpost.com

Another day, another "family values" Republican caught with a hooker:

"This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible," [Senator] Vitter [R-LA], 46, said in a statement, which his spokesman, Joel DiGrado, confirmed to the Associated Press.

"Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling," Vitter continued. "Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there -- with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way."

This, from a guy who claimed that preserving the sanctity of marriage is the most pressing issue facing the country. Greenwald:

Republican Senator David Vitter of Louisiana was not merely a supporter of last year's proposed constitutional amendment to "protect the sanctity of traditional marriages" by amending our Constitution to ban same-sex marriages, but he was one of its chief sponsors (if you haven't heard today's news about Vitter, click the link on his name). And not only was Vitter one of its chief sponsors, he was also one of the nation's most extremist supporters of the amendment. This is what he said during last year's debate over that amendment:

I don't believe there's any issue that's more important than this one.
To Vitter, there is not a single issue more important than amending the Constitution to ban same-sex marriages. Not a single one. That is the most important issue there is in the United States. Whatever one's views are on same-sex marriages and the like, just imagine what has to happen in a person's life in order to make them think banning them is the Most Important Issue in the United States.
The sexual hypocrisy of the Republican right is revealed time and time again. Why do people not laugh their heads off when they talk about "family values" and the "sanctity of marriage"? Do people want to be lied to that badly? Yes, they probably do. Sigh.

P.S.: Senator Vitter had better protect certain vital portions of his anatomy:
Vitter first ran for Congress to fill the seat of Speaker of the House Bob Livingston, who resigned after his extramarital affairs became public. Asked in 2000 what she would do if her husband committed similar transgressions, Vitter's wife Wendy responded: "I'm a lot more like Lorena Bobbitt than Hillary. If he does something like that, I'm walking away with one thing, and it's not alimony, trust me."
But if Vitter's confession is true, he told his wife about this several years ago. So I guess she's not at snippy as she boasted in that quote. Unless she did carry out her threat and poor Vitter has been a stumpy this whole time.

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