David Vitter doesn’t think he’s the only racist elected to public office

David Vitter, professional fuckface

Louisiana’s governor, ├╝ber-Republican Bobby Jindal, and his nemesis, Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, have both unequivocally condemned Keith Bardwell, the justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish who refused to marry an interracial couple last week. Louisiana’s other U.S. Senator, noted whoremonger David Vitter, has remained positively silent.

Until now.

In a clip shot by the worst interviewer ever to purchase a low-end video camera, the senator admits that he’s not the only racist elected to public office in Louisiana. In case you don’t feel like clicking through, here’s the important part:

TERRIBLE INTERVIEWER: “…elected from Louisiana not to have commented on the judge that refused to marry the interracial couple. Do you –“

TERRIBLE SENATOR: “I don’t think that’s the case.”


[via BlogOfNewOrleans]

5 Comments so far

  1. danfraz on October 23rd, 2009 @ 4:40 pm

    I took it a different way. I think he was saying that he wasn’t the only official to have not commented yet….but Senator Vitter is still 100% creepy

  2. Richard (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

    Yes, technically that’s what Vitter saying, and in doing so, he completely sidesteps the question. To remain silent in the face of such an appalling instance of racism is equivalent to condoning it.

  3. Richard (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2009 @ 5:06 pm

    It should go without saying that the other elected officials who’ve not commented are guilty of condoning Bardwell’s actions, too. Such silence would be terrible under any circumstances, but at a time when word travels faster than ever and polished PR skills are essential, it’s just plain ol’ dumb. Hasn’t everyone learned by now the importance of being proactive?

  4. June (unregistered) on October 27th, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

    I think Sen Vitter has more important things on his mind like the health care issue. More Senators should do the same.

  5. richard (rico) on October 28th, 2009 @ 5:45 am

    Well, June, I certainly agree with you that health care is important, and I would love to think that most Senators are interested in fixing a broken system. IMHO, it’s one of the biggest issues on the books: after all, if a government can’t keep its citizens alive, what CAN it do?

    On the other hand, Senator Vitter’s activities on Capitol Hill have been so partisan, divisive, and obstructive, that I have a hard time viewing him in the same heroic light as you do. In fact, I have a hard time thinking of anything that Vitter has done that comes near “heroic”.

    Also, in 2009, if Vitter doesn’t have five minutes to fire off a press release denouncing racism in his own state, what does that say? It’s not like he’s being asked to fix the problem or anything, just make a statement. It’s a pretty big issue getting national coverage. He’s not behaving as terribly as the pope did during WWII, blithely ignoring the atrocities going on just a few hundred miles north of Rome; however, you could perhaps draw some parallels.

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