Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Vitter Scandal Plot Thickens

But only a little bit. This breaking news seems to confirm that Vitter was, indeed, in contact with the DC Madam:

A phone number for Sen. David Vitter, R-La., appears at least five times in the billing records of what federal authorities say was a Washington call-girl operation, the first just four months after he was sworn in to the U.S. House in 1999 and the last on Mardi Gras 2001.

Under pressure earlier this week, Vitter acknowledged committing a "very serious sin" and that his number showed up in the records of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, who has come to be known as the "D.C. Madam." An attorney for Palfrey has said Vitter's number was found once in the records, but a search of the documents by The Times-Picayune turned up four more calls to a number once registered to Vitter. The attorney said that clients also used phones in hotel rooms, so that not all the numbers can be traced to the callers.
However, the good news for Vitter, if you can call it that, is that, unless allegations of more recent misconduct surface, he is unlikely to face either prosecution for a criminal act of solicitation, given that the statute of limitations has passed for when these incidents seem to have occurred, or even an Ethics Committee investigation because the transgressions occurred during Vitter's stint in the House of Representatives, where he no longer serves.

But the damage done to his reputation may not be insurmountable. That remains to be seen. Eventually, he will have to face the music and his public. Fortunately for Vitter, but unfortunately for the state of Louisiana, Louisianians tend to forgive their corrupt and fallen politicians quite readily and also tend to re-elect them over and over again, too, until they are finally locked up in jail.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

..they chose new gods then was war in the gates.. awake awake deborah utter a song.. the Lord gave you dominion over the mighty.. curse you bitterly the inhabitants thereof who came not to the help of justice against the mighty.. they divided the prey, to every man a damsel or two.. let all thine enemies perish o Lord and the land rest forty years..

Deborah Palfrey deserves the Pemberton Award for Clean Governance.
Palfrey list is like the Black Book of 1918.
That trial of the Century is deleted from all books, cursed be reporters.
The list there had 47000 names.
The list here has 46000 phone bills.
The listed are not womenizers, machos or ordinary sinners.
They are power brokers gay lutheran shock and awe agitators of all wars and all panics.
These wretches are one dirty cover to the real pimps deep underground.
A curse on the kingpins, Justice Charles Darling then and Judge Adolph Kessler now.

Noel Pemberton-Billing
Trial of the Century 1918