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.
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