Report: Current gubernatorial rival Jay Dardenne sent note of comfort to David Vitter after scandal in 2007 _lowres

Gubernatorial candidate Sen. David Vitter , R-La., speaks at the Southeast Super Region Committee Gubernatorial Forum in New Orleans, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Fellow gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, left, looks on. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, the only major gubernatorial candidate so far to mention U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s prostitution scandal publicly as a campaign issue, sent a hand-written note of encouragement to Vitter following the scandal in 2007, according to a report by The (Monroe) News Star.

In the letter, Dardenne offers “thoughts and prayers” and says, “your great work for our state should not get lost in the current frenzy.”

Last month at a WRFK forum that Vitter didn’t attend, Dardenne was asked how he differs from Vitter, to which he responded “I have not frequented prostitution (at all), especially not while on the floor of the US Congress.”

The prostitution issue also arose in two recent cases:

Baton Rouge television reporter Derek Myers was fired Sept. 8 after he confronted Vitter with questions about the issue. Myers claimed he lost his job because the Vitter campaign threatened to pull its ads from the station, a claim the station’s general manager denied.

Around the same time, a political action committee launched an anti-Vitter ad on television that shows news articles and video clips related to the scandal.

See the full News Star story about the letter here.