Vitter Is Running in 2010
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.
Vitters 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 Vitters December fundraising event, which the Senator is calling Mardi Gras in December.
The co-chairmen the list of which reads like a whos 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.
Vitters decision comes just two days after Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) unexpectedly announced his decision to retire when his first term expires in 2010.