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U.S. Sen. David Vitter

U.S. Sen. David Vitter hasn’t said what he’ll do when he leaves office next year, but a new report out from Politicosays Louisiana’s senior senator “has had talks about working on K Street” — Washington’s lobbying hub.

The report cites unnamed sources.

David Vitter

U.S. Sen. David Vitter talks to reporters before he goes to see the movie “The Interview” at Chalmette Movies on Dec. 29. (Advocate photo)

Shortly after losing last fall’s gubernatorial election to Democrat John Bel Edwards, Republican Vitter announced he would not seek re-election this year. He’s been in the Senate for the past decade, and he previously served in Congress and the Louisiana Legislature.

According to Politico, Vitter’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the tip, but the political news site points out that Senate ethics rules prohibit negotiating such jobs until one’s successor has been elected and the talks may not have risen to the level of “negotiations” yet.

Louisiana voters will head to the polls this fall to elect Vitter’s replacement. (A host of Republicans and Democrats are already vying for his seat.)

Federal ethics laws require outgoing Senators to take a two-year “cooling off” period before they can become registered lobbyists, but they frequently sign on as “consultants” to lobbying firms during that period.