OK – so whether you like David Vitter or not, he has a great reputation for being pro-troops and his voting record clearly states that. Here is one recent example. On a personal note, I witnessed him at a Town Hall meeting this past March in Mandeville. Unless he is the most amazing actor in the world (like Barney Rubble – that is for my hubby), I was completely sold on his sincerity when Veterans approached him one by one after the meeting and he thanked them for his service. I also met him in person that same meeting, which occurred after some representatives from Soldiers’ Angels had met him in DC. He spouted back a ton of facts about Soldiers’ Angels to me and I could tell he sincerely appreciated and recognized our work. Yes, I like his politics too – so nananbooboo if you don’t. Now that you know my opinion on him, I come to the purpose of my post. I’m actually sticking up for David Vitter.
Bayou Buzz had a post about how the Democratic Party is actually trying to attack Vitter on voting against the Department of Defense Authorization Bill 2010. The Louisiana Democrats are painting the picture about Vitter keeping money form LA troops and supplies because he voted “no” against the bill. There is something written about some poor LA soldier serving overseas suffering because of Vitter. Puh-leeze!
Now I’m no political pundit (more of a beer & water cooler pundit), but I can tell when something is not right (I is kinda smart). He is a huge troop supporter, so if he voted “no” then there must be something added in the Bill that was either fat or unnecessary. Bulls-eye Greta! I actually called his office today and they will be sending me his official statement on his opposition to the bill and I will share it with you when it comes out.
The seven who voted against the bill were Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), David Vitter (R-La.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) amd John Barrasso (R-Wyo.). So what made these Senators vote “no?”? According to The Hill , it may be because of:
Senate bill also expands the federal hate-crimes law to those attacked because of their sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability.
Also, there is a tiny (sarcasm) little problem with cutting off the Lockheed Martin’s F-22 and the Joint Strike Fighter alternative engine. This is something the House and the Senate are going to have to work out now as funding is authorized for this.
Vitter has been attacked before for voting “no” against a military related bill as can be read here (I swear I don’t know the guy who wrote that post and have never had a beer with him before). Also there is an interesting article written by Senator Jon Kyle (R – AZ).
Anyhoo, love or hate politics, I just urge you to look at the full story before passing judgment. And yes, I’ve had Jeanette Maier “The Canal Street Madam” on my radio show – this ain’t about that.
c/p at Kiss My Gumbo