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Ou est le Senator Vitter?

The very serious sinning Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is still missing on Capitol Hill, three days after admitting to having committed a "very serious sin" involving Washington call girls.

No sight of him in committee hearings, no hide nor hair of him on the fifth floor of the Senate Hart office building where his office is located.

While he did not respond to Sleuth's phone calls and email inquiries, Vitter spokesman Joel DiGrado did tell the New Orleans Times-Picayune that the senator is with his wife, Wendy, and their four children and is "looking forward to returning to work soon."

He didn't say how soon "soon" would be, nor did he disclose the Vitter family's location.

Vitter's staff in the Senate Hart office building did not respond to questions about his whereabouts. And aides who answered the phones in three of his Louisiana offices - in Layfayette, Baton Rouge and Vitter's home town of Metairie - said they didn't know where he was and couldn't answer any questions.

Not that Vitter is dodging the law or anything. As the Times-Picayune reported, the statute of limitations for prosecuting him on any prostitution-related charges has passed in both Washington and Louisiana. And since the phone calls to the D.C. Madame's service were made before he was elected to the Senate, Vitter is not subject to a Senate ethics investigation.

Similarly, he's free from House ethics violations since - even though his sin occurred while he was a House member - he is no longer in the House.

Margaret Carlson
at Bloomberg News wonders if Vitter might be somewhere "nursing a critical wound to his manhood," considering what his wife said to Newhouse News in 2000 when asked if she'd be as understanding as Hillary Clinton if her husband ever had a Monica problem.

``I'm a lot more like Lorena Bobbitt than Hillary. If he does something like that, I'm walking away with one thing, and it's not alimony, trust me.''

Wonder if she's changed her mind?

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 12, 2007; 3:47 PM ET
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Ha Ha. Here's another crusader for "family values" who has been exposed as a total hypocrite. He annointed himself worthy to dictate who can marry whom in the so-called "Land of the Free", then he cheats on his wife with hookers. Typical...but still classic.

Posted by: sequoia | July 12, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Please check your French (in the headline).
I am pretty sure it's "est" ("is") not "et" ("and"). Unless this is one of those "meaning-of-'is'" things.

Posted by: aadams | July 12, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the proper spelling in this situation is " est" but in Louisiana, all French language and spellings are altered and purposefully changed to give that ...ancestral Cajun/ Creole flavor to the language, also.

Posted by: Marc in Florida | July 12, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Cajun french is not regular, but I am pretty sure the title is still incorrect. Here is a link to a cajun french site at LSU:$Content/Cajun+French+Forming+Questions?OpenDocument

Posted by: wharton1 | July 12, 2007 4:45 PM | Report abuse

what i find sad is that vitter's wife probably never in a million years imagined she'd be in the place she is now. it's one thing to answer a question hypothetically, it's another to live the reality.

Posted by: quark | July 12, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I confirm the title is incorrect, Cajun or not, and that actually it is

Où est le Senator (sénateur) Vitter ?

Two spelling errors but A for effort :)

Posted by: SFnhuix | July 12, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

sequoia, we are all hypocrites.

Posted by: GKC | July 12, 2007 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Though Senator Vitter has paid a high price for his "sin" he might want to thank God that he will not be a mark for blackmail or extortion. However, knowing Washington, maybe he was already...
Adultry is like pollution in D.C. It's everywhere, and so it the abuse of power.
It is my hope that the family will experience reconciliation and healing.

Posted by: Peter Roach | July 12, 2007 5:38 PM | Report abuse

GKC, speak for yourself, you certainly don't speak for me. Perhaps you meant to say "all Republicans are hypocrites".

Posted by: Anonymous | July 12, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

GKC, speak for yourself, you certainly don't speak for me. Perhaps you meant to say "all Republicans are hypocrites".

Posted by: Anonymous | July 12, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

GKC: Speak for yourself and/or the Republican Party. We are not all hypocrites. Just because you are one, don't think everyone else is.

Posted by: Wayne245 | July 12, 2007 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I wonder what Leaky Dick would say? Jeb's male companion, Senator Mark Foley (Republican, Florida) says that there is no sin greater than hypocrisy.

Posted by: White House Advisor Pastor Ted Haggard | July 12, 2007 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I am certainly speaking of myself (and not either party), though perhaps I didn't word it quite right. It might be better stated as: All who desire good are hypocrites.

I don't know about you, but I can't seem to achieve all my moral aspirations. I'm human after all.

Posted by: GKC | July 12, 2007 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Vitty-cent is on suicide watch at Ochsner hospita.

Posted by: Mr Sanchez | July 13, 2007 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Most of the news articles actually mention that he had told his wife and that they had been in counseling. This really doesn't seem like that big of a deal to me, but then Clinton's escapades weren't to me either.

In fact, of the two, Clinton's acts seem more harmful. They were in the the white house, the girl was a government employee, that seems worse then this guy.

Clinton preached family values too, I looked up some of his old speeches on the web.

Isn't it close minded and hypocritical to defend the actions of one and mock the other? If that is what political blogs are about they aren't a good form of media for information.

Posted by: wmb | July 13, 2007 8:36 PM | Report abuse

It amazes me that so many men who are politicians want to legislate morality. Mr. Vitter stood before us with false piety and exaulted the virtues of preserving the sanctity of marriage. He, like many others, approached the podium with an armour of moral superiority that they felt gave them carte blanche to impose their ethical standards on my constitution and my government. I too was a republican, and in many ways I still am. I believe in less government interference and fiscal responibility. I believe that we should all be responsible for our own actions and I believe that we should not be penalized for being successful. I also believe that our government should stay out of our bedrooms and not legislate morality. So I believe that if a man wants to see a prostitute, that's his business. After all it's legal in Nevada. It's like Rush Limbaugh, he can take all the pain medicine he wants, after all, he gets them legally right? My problem is not with Mr. Vitter associating with a prostitute or Rush consuming a plethora of Oxycontin. My problem is that people like Mr. Vitter, Rush, and so many others wear this costume every day. It's an all to familiar costume with a mask of righteous indignation, a cloak of piety, and massive shoes to step on those who dare to disagree with their philosophy, their strict moral code. So I do not condemn Mr. Vitter for cheating on his wife, sleeping with a prostitue, or being a liar. I don't condemn him for being human, I condemn him for chastizing those of us who are.

Posted by: Julie | July 13, 2007 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Very well said, Julie. Vitter, along with Mary Landrieu is one of my two US Senators. I think he should come clean and resign. Will he? Don't bet on it. State politics are such that Gov. Blanco will get to appoint a replacement, probably a Democrat, a thought that is anathema to the state Republican Party. Louisian is a poor state, yet check Mr. Vitter's voting record and see how much of his legislation favors poor people. The man built his political career on a foundation of high ethics and "family values' (words which always sound hollow when coming from a politician), yet that foundation is dangerously cracked. He needs to do what's best for his family and avoid furhter embarrassment.

Posted by: octhern | July 14, 2007 3:10 PM | Report abuse

So, what did Jeffery Dahmer say to Vitter's wife? Gonna eat that?

Posted by: Rick | July 14, 2007 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I hope Vitter is hiding because of guilt and being too ashamed to show his face. He's been exposed as a lying hypocrite and has disgraced his family and his party. Like the Pharisee he is, he will moan and wring his hands about his sin and maybe go into rehab for sexual addiction. He's lost all credibility as a respectable senator but Louisiana usually forgives sexual sins and maybe will keep him on to redeem himself by getting more pork for the state - he might atone somewhat if he spent his remaining time working to rebuild New Orleans.

Posted by: Joshuasgrandma | July 15, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Did Mrs. Vitter get an aids test.

A drug dealer goes to jail, so does the
buyer of drugs. The sex dealer goes to
jail and the sex buyer gets, haha boy's
will be boys. Hypocracy at its core.

Posted by: Mary | July 15, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

This "sin" business is liable to make it impossible by today's, er, standards to assemble an untainted jury.

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