FACT CHECK: Vitter Deflects Questions about His Scandals
Summary: Questions about David Vitter’s scandals keep piling up, and instead of coming clean, he is smearing John Bel Edwards and his campaign. Vitter lied about an Edwards event that was attended by Edwards’ wife and other supporters.
VITTER LIED ABOUT AN EDWARDS EVENT IN AN ATTEMPT TO DEFLECT FROM HIS OWN SEX SCANDAL
Edwards’ Event Occurred In The Afternoon In A Rented Building, Not At A “Hip-Hop” Club As Vitter Lied About. “In the past two days, the Vitter campaign and conservative supporters have highlighted that Edwards met with supporters Thursday afternoon at a facility in New Orleans that during the evening serves as a risqué hip-hop club. ‘There was nothing improper or unprofessional involved,’ said Edwards campaign spokeswoman Mary-Patricia Wray, adding that they just rented the building and noting that his spouse Donna attended the event.” [The Advocate, 11/14/15]
Edwards’ Event Was Attended By His Wife. “‘There was nothing improper or unprofessional involved,” said Edwards campaign spokeswoman Mary-Patricia Wray, adding that they just rented the building and noting that his spouse Donna attended the event.” [The Advocate, 11/14/15]
Vitter Admitted To A “Very Serious Sin” With A DC Prostitute. “The ad not only highlighted Vitter’s key vulnerability — his 2007 admission that he committed a ‘very serious sin’ with the D.C. Madam — but also kept the political conversation focused on Vitter’s character rather than Edwards’ Democratic voting record on business and education issues.” [The Advocate, 11/14/15]
Vitter Actually Called The Escort Service From The Floor Of Congress And Missed A Key Vote To Honor Soldiers Killed During Operation Desert Storm. “Edwards has been able to keep Vitter on the defensive in recent days, particularly with his no-holds-barred television ad that said while Edwards was called to service in the army, Vitter was calling an escort service from the floor of the Congress and missed a key vote honoring soldiers killed during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.” [The Advocate, 11/14/15]