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Will Sen. Vitter's Alleged Airport Rage Hurt Him in 2010?

Sen. David Vitter's (R-La.) 2010 reelection mission to rehabilitate his image in the wake of the D.C. madam scandal two years ago has hit a snag. The Louisiana Republican is now embroiled in a different kind of classic Washington brouhaha, this one involving a federal investigation of his alleged airport rage.

The Transportation Security Administration announced yesterday that it is reviewing a report that an angry Vitter set off an alarm at Washington's Dulles International Airport last week when he opened a security door to a jet bridge in his haste to make a United Airlines flight.

The TSA wouldn't comment beyond its statement that it is "reviewing the alleged incident." But airport security regulations stipulate that it is a Class 1 misdemeanor for an unauthorized person to enter a restricted area.

Airport police officers were called March 5 to deal with an "irate passenger" in the United terminal, but by the time officers arrived, the passenger was gone, according to Courtney Mickalonis, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Therefore, there is no police report of the incident, she said.

Read the rest of this story, which appears in Friday's print edition of the Post, here and find out how Vitter and GOP political operatives are spinning the incident.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 12, 2009; 11:09 PM ET
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If only Senator Vitter was wearing his adult baby costume, maybe the airline employee would have recognized such an important person right away.

Posted by: vargulv | March 13, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

He gets worse with every misstep -- what an egomaniac! Congress needs to be weeded out, frankly, and he should be one of the first to GO. We need statesmen, not clowns.

Posted by: nellie3ster | March 13, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

When I was saying my prayers last night, God assured me Sen. Vitter was forgiven, just as he was after soliciting prositutes. We all know the airport episode will be swept under the rug. The GOP has not disowned him and, more importantly, I am not aware of any negative comments frm Rush Limbaugh or Fox News, so Vitter is still okay in my book.

Posted by: Sutter | March 13, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

See that's what happens when you're not gettin any. You'd be touchy too.

Posted by: MichieMich | March 13, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Vitter shoulda known better. Arrogance of power in my book. Even with a porn star thinking about running for his Senate seat, she would prove a better, even honest, candidate. After all, Vitter, the family man, couldn't claim that he didn't screw anybody for money..........

Posted by: hobsry7350 | March 13, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

The truth will eventually out every time.

Posted by: Skye1er | March 13, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh. Is this another airport story like when Obama's credit card was rejected during his campaingning at the Los Angeles airport? I forgot, the media didn't make a big deal out of that right?

Posted by: reneethereseperry | March 13, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Some elected officals believe they are exempt from the rules when elected. All of sudden they are better then the people that elected them. I think its time to humble these arogant individuals. Maybe term limits would help!

Posted by: James52 | March 13, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

What else should we expect? We've allowed our politicians to legislate and regulate special privileges unto themselves so they now perceive themselves as royalty. It's way past time we put a leash on these arrogant bozos and drag them back down out of the stratosphere.

Let's start by putting them on the social security system along with all the rest of us. Commensurate with that should be the elimination of their outrageous 'retirement' system. We need term limitations, not a cozy career at public expense.

Then, let's put constraints on them to make sure the 'junkets' they are so famous for are not allowed unless approved in some fashion.

Posted by: gnarlyerik | March 14, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Many people blame Obama but i don't funny videos

Posted by: roverfind | March 16, 2009 1:06 AM | Report abuse

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