With only a couple weeks left in the Louisiana gubernatorial runoff, U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s campaign is set to deploy scores of unmanned aerial vehicles armed with recording equipment in an effort to keep better tabs on staffers and supporters of his opponent, state Rep. John Bel Edwards.
The move comes in the wake of a spying scandal in which a private investigator from a Texas firm that was paid $135,000 by the Vitter campaign was arrested on the eve of last month’s general election after allegedly trying to record a private conversation between four men, including Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, at a Metairie coffee shop.
Vitter campaign spokesman Luke Bolar said the surveillance drones make the most sense for trying to capture remarks and/or images that could be used to diminish Edwards’ chances of winning on Nov. 21.
“UAVs, or drones, some call them, are not only less expensive than hiring private investigators to follow people around,” Bolar explained, “they also raise less suspicion, at least compared to that idiot at the coffee shop. Plus, unlike PIs, there’s no legal requirement to be licensed by the state of Louisiana to operate a drone.”
“How else do you expect us to record Edwards and his supporters doing and saying things that could be taken way out of context and conflated into a desperate attempt to paint that Obama-loving Democrat in the worst light possible?”
Bolar said the widespread surveillance afforded by the drone fleet is a strategic necessity in Vitter’s effort to defeat Edwards and succeed Bobby Jindal as the next governor of Louisiana.
“How else do you expect us to record Edwards and his supporters doing and saying things that could be taken way out of context and conflated into a desperate attempt to paint that Obama-loving Democrat in the worst light possible?” Bolar said.
Meanwhile, Edwards said he’s unconcerned with the Vitter drones.
“If he wants to fly one of those things right outside my bathroom window to take a picture of me taking a dump, and then spend a million dollars to air that all over Louisiana, that’s fine with me,” Edwards responded. “I’m sure the people of Louisiana would rather vote for one of my turds instead of David Vitter.”