Vitter Is Running in 2010

Posted December 4, 2008 at 12:34pm

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is running for re-election in 2010, according to a statement released by his campaign in which he announces the names of individuals who are co-chairing a December fundraiser.

“I am very excited and honored that all of my current Republican colleagues from Louisiana and a few, retired-but-never-forgotten, are showing their support for my re-election,” Vitter said.

Vitter’s decision to run for a second term has been in some doubt because of his ties to a Washington, D.C., prostitution madam, who has since committed suicide. Vitter acknowledged that his contact information was among her records, but has never admitted to paying a prostitute for sex.

Popular Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is headlining Vitter’s December fundraising event, which the Senator is calling “Mardi Gras in December.”

The co-chairmen — the list of which reads like a who’s who of Louisiana Republican politics — include: Reps. Jim McCrery, Rodney Alexander, Charles Boustany, Steve Scalise, Rep.-elect Bill Cassidy, and former Reps. Bob Livingston, Billy Tauzin, John Cooksey, Clyde Holloway, Jimmy Hayes and Henson Moore.

Former Democratic Sen. Bennett Johnston is also co-chairing the event.

Vitter’s decision comes just two days after Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) unexpectedly announced his decision to retire when his first term expires in 2010.