As the governor’s race heads into its final two weeks, leaders from across the political spectrum are voicing new concerns about the further damage David Vitter could do to the state’s reputation if elected for a third Jindal term. During Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne’s endorsement press conference with Rep. John Bel Edwards, Dardenne asked: “When are we as Louisianans going to stop tolerating the embarrassment that too many of our elected officials have heaped upon this state?”
He could have been referencing either U.S. Senator David Vitter:
- “Very Serious Sin”: When Vitter whimpers that he committed a “very serious sin,” it’s deliberately vague. He has never seen fit to clarify for Louisiana voters whether he is referring to his role in the DC Madam scandal, to the allegations of his involvement with a Canal Street brothel, or to the newest round of stories about his involvement with prostitute Wendy Ellis. Which sin was it, Senator?
- Spygate: Vitter’s campaign paid a bumbling Texas detective to tape record private conversations between private citizens. When the victims figured out the scheme, the suspect fled through backyards’ and may face criminal charges.
- Integrity: When members of your own party and law enforcement say you are either “lying,” that a “stench would come over Louisiana if [you] were elected Governor,” or say you will be “the worst governor in Louisiana history,” it’s clear you have become an embarrassment.
Or he could be talking about Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal:
- Jimmy Fallon: As Jindal’s presidential campaign continues to flounder in national polling and he continues to sit at the GOP Debate “Kids Table,” comedians Jimmy Fallon and Aziz Ansari mocked our absentee governor.
- Funny or Die: The comedy website, best known for its over-the-top comedy sketches, didn’t need to apply their magic touch to Jindal’s painfully-weird announcement video for his campaign. It was that bad.
- Budget Crisis: Jindal performed an improbable magic trick. He turned a $1 billion surplus he had when he took office and turned it into a $1.6 billion deficit and closed Louisiana’s charity hospital system.