From The Times-Picayune:
WASHINGTON — The woman accused of being the “D.C. Madam” plans to call Sen. David Vitter, R-La., as a defense witness, her attorney said in court Monday as the high-profile racketeering and money-laundering trial got under way.
Vitter’s name is among those listed as potential witnesses at the outset of the trial of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, 52, who ran a $250-per-hour escort service that the government says was a front for prostitution. Palfrey has said her business was a legitimate escort service and her employees signed contracts stating that they would not do anything illegal.
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And not one ‘Atta Boy! for being so much more thrifty than Eliot Spitzer! What kind of values does this country have?
Being listed as a witness does not automatically mean that Vitter will be called to testify. His attorney asked U.S. District Judge James Robertson last week to quash the subpoena, saying that his client would refuse to answer questions citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, which would not help Palfrey’s case. Robertson refused to void the subpoena.
Don’t plead the Fifth, senator, drink a fifth! It will help ease the pain. Then slap on a diaper, and things won’t look so glum.
“I’d guess the Fifth Amendment response would not play well at all, and would draw a response of ‘What has he got to hide?’ from many people,” said Michael Johnston, a political scientist from Colgate University who has written about the public’s perception of corruption.
Johnston said a better political course would be to “get the story out there and put up with the bad publicity and Jay Leno jokes for a few more days.” Vitter is not up for re-election until 2010.
It seems that David is not holding up too well under the pressure. From the Gonazles Weekly Citizen:
A car carrying U.S. Sen. David Vitter ran into a stop sign in the Gonzales Police Department parking lot Monday morning as the senator was attempting to evade members of the media, including the Gonzales Weekly Citizen, following a Town Hall forum event at Gonzales City Hall.
No one was injured in the incident, but the car ’Äì in which Vitter was a passenger ’Äì sped away from the scene with visible, but light damage following the wreck.
Following Monday’s forum, Vitter made a brief statement apologizing for what he called “a very serious sin” and quickly left without fielding follow-up questions from members of the media.
“I want to reiterate how sorry I am for causing real pain to the people I love so dearly, including the people of Louisiana,” Vitter said. “With that, I’m going to stay hard at work and keep a real busy schedule today.”
But hold on, kids! There is a heartwarming side to this story!
From The Hill:
Embattled Louisiana Sen. David Vitter (R) is getting support from fellow Republicans who say he should not resign over a public sex scandal — including from someone who can speak from experience.
Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho was among several GOP senators who say Vitter’s testimony in the “D.C. Madam” prostitution case should not compel his resignation.
“First and foremost, in these kinds of issues, it’s the state and the relationship you have with your state that really determines where you ought to go,” Craig said. “That was certainly my case. The Senate itself wasn’t going to judge me. I would allow the citizens of my state to do so. And there is still strong support there.”
Isn’t that just adorable? I always say, when you need a moral compass, the first person to call is Senator Larry Craig!
Remember, kids, it’s Wednesday, so visit me at American Street!