This U.S. Senator Cavorted With Hookers. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!

FeatureWhen a member of Congress is implicated in a sex scandal, he most often resigns from office. And of those who don’t resign, almost all of their careers are irreparably ruined.

Almost all of them.

But not Sen. David Vitter. Not only did the Republican not resign after committing the “serious sin” of being a D.C. prostitution ring client, but he was re-elected to office three years later and is the current frontrunner to become Louisiana’s next governor.

It’s almost as though Vitter paid the prostitutes with money he got from selling his soul to the devil.

Eight years before his name was discovered in the address book of the “D.C. Madam,” Deborah Jeane Palfrey, then-state Rep. Vitter said of former Congressman Robert Livingston, who announced his resignation as speaker-elect in the midst of the Clinton impeachment hearings after admitting to having an extramarital affair, “I think Livingston’s stepping down makes a very powerful argument that (Bill) Clinton should resign, as well.”

At the time, Livingston urged President Clinton to follow his lead and resign following the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal. Of course, Clinton did not follow Livingston’s lead, and neither did Vitter. Vitter may have inherited Livingston’s congressional seat and his whorish ways, but he certainly didn’t inherit his sense of shame.

It’s almost as though Vitter paid the prostitutes with money he got from selling his soul to the devil.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a politician — especially one who ran on the “family values” platform — whose career is not only seemingly unaffected by a salacious sex scandal but has actually flourished afterward.

Married New York Republican Congressman Chris Lee resigned his congressional seat in 2011 within hours of a news report that he had sent shirtless pics to a woman via Craigslist. Newly married New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned that same year after admitting he sent a bunch of dick pics to a woman via Twitter. Last year, Louisiana Republican Congressman and married father of five children Vance McAllister lost the support of his state’s party and his re-election bid after getting caught on surveillance camera deeply kissing a married staffer.

Meanwhile, Vitter not only survived his hooker scandal — perhaps in part because Palfrey never had the chance to divulge the more lurid details about her clientele’s perversions since she was found hanged in a jail cell in 2008, just two weeks after her federal racketeering conviction — but he became a kingmaker within the Louisiana Republican Party.

David_Vitter_DiaperFor instance, many would argue that U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy owes his recent victory over Mary Landrieu in large part to a guy who reportedly paid hookers to indulge him while he wore a diaper.

The tale of Sen. David Vitter is a testament to either the selective forgiveness or selective memory of Louisiana Republicans and voters at large. Ronald Reagan was known as the “Teflon President.” David Vitter is the “Teflon Dick.”

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