After an eventful quarter-century in politics, former U.S. Sen. David Vitter left public office earlier this year.
But that doesn't mean Louisiana's seen the last of him, his family and his network of allies. As a lame-duck senator, Vitter's fingerprints were on winning campaigns by John N. Kennedy to fill his own Senate seat and by Clay Higgins and Mike Johnson for open congressional seats. In his post-politics role as a lobbyist, Vitter showed up on the team supporting criminal justice reform packages spearheaded by Gov. John Bel Edwards, who beat him in a brutal 2015 runoff.
U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy has submitted three names to the White House for a vacant federal jud…
Now comes word that Vitter's wife, Wendy, may be in line for a big new job, at the recommendation of another politician her husband helped elect, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy of Baton Rouge.
Wendy Vitter is one of three candidates Cassidy has recommended to the Trump administration for an open federal judgeship in New Orleans. The others are New Orleans attorney Thomas Flanagan and federal magistrate judge Jay Wilkinson.
It should be said here that Wendy Vitter is a highly capable lawyer who was an active partner in her husband's career. She's currently general counsel for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, although her most on-point experience, a stint as a high-level prosecutor under New Orleans D.A. Harry Connick, came decades ago. That's not so remarkable; people come to these jobs with a variety of backgrounds in both the private and public sector.
They also often come with pre-existing alliances. Soon after Vitter was first elected to Congress back in 1999, his campaign treasurer Kurt Engelhardt claimed another spot on the bench.
Coincidence? Hardly. The selection of federal judges is a spoils system administered by politicians, and while David Vitter has left the formal arena, he's clearly not done.
And nothing says "sticking around" like the prospect of a lifetime appointment in the family.
The clock is ticking down toward the end of U.S. Sen. David Vitter's long electoral career. …