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February 14, 2016

David Vitter Announces Run for Governor

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., announced Tuesday that he will run for governor next year, confirming the biggest open secret in Bayou State politics and on Capitol Hill.

“After much thought, prayer and discussion with Wendy and our children, I’ve decided to run for governor of Louisiana in 2015,” the second-term Republican says in a video on his redesigned campaign website.

Louisiana’s next gubernatorial election is in November 2015 — a year before Vitter’s Senate term would end. Should he lose, Vitter could keep his seat and decide whether to seek re-election.

If Vitter wins, he would have the power to appoint a successor to serve the final year of his term.

His announcement comes as Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., faces a challenging re-election campaign in 2014 against Rep. Bill Cassidy and other Republicans. Vitter’s gubernatorial bid means that ambitious members of his party may have another shot at the Senate just two years later.

On Capitol Hill, Vitter’s decision comes as no shock. For months, frustrated Senate Republican aides believed Vitter was pushing his health care amendment, which would have taken away employer contributions to plans of members and staff, as part of his pending gubernatorial campaign.

The so-called Vitter amendment provided him with an opportunity to prove his conservative bona fides in preparation for his gubernatorial run.

Otherwise, Vitter has largely stayed out of the spotlight since his prostitution scandal in 2007. He won re-election in 2010 with 57 percent of the vote.

Vitter first came to Congress in a 1999 special election to Louisiana’s 1st district following the resignation of Speaker-designate Bob Livingston, who had admitted to extramarital affairs. In 2004, Vitter won the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. John Breaux.

  • voltaic

    What a repulsive perv. Prostitute loving Vitter is better off infecting only his home state with his vile and illegal activities and not the nation as a whole in his current senate capacity.

  • Wiley Post

    Only in Louisiana can you be caught with hookers wearing diapers, call a press conference and have you wife stand by your side can you run for Governor. This is better that Bobby.

  • WTheend28

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  • Banshee2

    If he gets elected, I hope he wears only the diapers to his inauguration.

  • oncefallendotcom

    The only good thing I can ever say about Vitter is he knows he is so full of crap he wears a diaper to prove it.

  • Don Carson

    People, why don’t you really tell Vitter what you think. Don’t beat around the bush. How many people posting here voted for the crook? Will you vote for him in his run for the U.S. Senate?

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