One of the most buzzed about political ads from the governor’s race in Louisiana this year has landed Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter on MSNBC’s list of 2015’s top political sex scandals — several years after phone records first surfaced linking him to the DC Madam.
In the lead-up to the Nov. 21 runoff, Democrat John Bel Edwards’ campaign launched an ad that accused Vitter of choosing “prostitutes over patriots.”
Edwards went on to win the election, and Vitter announced that he would not seek re-election to the Senate next year.
The ad, dubbed “The Choice,” claimed that while Edwards answered the country’s call to serve in the military, Vitter took a prostitute’s call on the floor of Congress in 2001 just minutes after skipping a vote “honoring 28 soldiers who gave their lives in defense of our freedom.”
Vitter’s prostitution scandal first came to light in 2007, and he successfully won a re-election bid just a few years after apologizing for his “serious sin.”
But Edwards’ camp was the first to directly link Vitter’s call log to a missed vote — one that happened to honor fallen solders, prompting MSNBC to cite it among its rundown of six scandals from the past year.