CREW Files Ethics Complaint Against Sen. David “Diaper Boy” Vitters

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The brilliant and glamorous Melanie Sloan of CREW has filed an ethics complaint against Sen. David “Diaper Boy” Vitters.

CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has asked the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to investigate Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) for bribery.

The complaint stems from a letter Sen. Vitter sent to Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Department of the Interior, threatening to vote against the secretary’s pay raise unless and until the department begins issuing new deepwater exploratory permits.

“Whether it is a defense contractor buying French furniture for a congressman in exchange for earmarks, or a senator who ties a department secretary’s pay raise to approving permits, bribery is bribery,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan.

“Paying off government leaders to influence official actions is against the law, period.”

The May 23, 2011 letter Sen. Vitter sent a letter to Secretary Salazar states that he intends to block legislation granting the secretary’s pay raise until the Department of Interior began issuing six permits for new deepwater exploratory wells each month.  The Vitter letter states:

Last Friday, I was asked to support legislation in the Senate to grant you a nearly $20,000 salary increase.  Given the completely unsatisfactory pace of your department’s issuance of new deepwater exploratory permits in the Gulf, I cannot possibly give my assent.

[W]hen the rate of permits issued for new deepwater exploratory wells reaches pre-moratorium levels (so 6 per month), I will end my efforts to block your salary increase.

The federal bribery statute makes it a crime to offer anything of value to any public official with the intent to influence any official act.  Sen. Vitter’s offer may constitute a bribe.

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11 Responses to CREW Files Ethics Complaint Against Sen. David “Diaper Boy” Vitters

  1. Brigadoon says:

    This is far more serious than Anthony Weiner’s stupidity. Vitters is truly disgusting. He’s a married man, dallying with prostitutes and now an ethics violation. The voters of Louisiana need their heads examined for sending this pig to the senate. He’s a self-serving creep.

  2. Joe in Colorado says:

    Melanie Sloan is superb. She does excellent work keeping the Washington thugs honest.

  3. feminazi says:

    Don’t the Democrats still maintain a majority in the senate? Where the hell is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on this one? Unless I’ve forgotten my college civics, Reid could direct an investigative of David Vitters’ behavior and ask the Department of Justice to get involved. What am I missing here?

  4. Pechanga says:

    If Anthony Weiner is unfit to serve in the US Congress because he emailed beefcake pics of his junk to imaginary girlfriends on the internet, then if David Vitter is guilty of committing bribery, he needs to tender his resignation as well and return to Louisiana.

    Harry Reid? Hello? Anybody home?

  5. Marcus Ybanez says:

    This is precisely why the American people consistently say they HATE the Congress.

    For dolts like Vitter, Congress is just an ATM. If he can hang on in there long enough, his pension should cost the American taxpayers millions over the source of his remaining life.

  6. Jolly Roger says:

    “Diaper Dave” need not worry. The hood-wearing inbreds voted for him AGAIN after his diaper fetish became well known, so we don’t have to wonder about whether or not this matter will trouble any of them.

  7. fran says:

    This is two strikes. He broke the law w paying for prostitution & now this threat/bribe?
    Kick his sorry ass out.
    Agree w previous comments… his actions are worse than Weiner’s sextring scandal.
    Vitter still has all his committee assignments & full seniority.
    Time for this guy to be fired already… should have lost his job when he broke the law a year ago.

    The GOP is kinder & gentler to him because he is on their side???

    I hope his life becomes a pressure cooker where all he can do is resign.

  8. fran says:


    meant sexting

  9. Randy Arroyo says:

    Thank goodness for Melanie Sloan and CREW. She’s on top of these guys and keeping them honest. However, like feminazi asked, where is Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid? I know he’s a wuss among wusses but isn’t it ultimately his job to look into ethics complaints? I mean, bribery is a serious charge.

  10. libhomo says:

    Vitter definitely should resign.

  11. palmer1619 says:

    This guy’s issues are outrageous to regular Americans, but I guess they’re considered customary in the Republican caucus. I’m sure they’re very proud of themselves.

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