September 29th, 2009
An ethics watchdog group in Washington, D.C. is asking Louisiana’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel to investigate whether Sen. David Vitter, R-La., violated the state’s professional rule of conduct and should be disciplined for his 2007 admission of “a very serious sin in in my past” related to his phone number appearing on a Washington prostitution ring list, according to nola.com.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said its request is related to Vitter’s recent request for a Justice Department investigation into ACORN, whose staffers have been caught in a video sting giving advice to a couple pretending to be a prostitute and pimp looking for tax breaks.
“Sen. Vitter’s zeal to see ACORN criminally investigated for offering advice in setting up a prostitution ring reminded me he has yet to be held accountable for his own role in a prostitution ring,” said Melanie Sloan, CREW’s executive director. Sloan said that while “ACORN’s conduct is indefensible, so is Sen. Vitter’s.”
Vitter spokesman Joel DiGrado cried political games, saying CREW is run by a former democratic staffer. Sloan is a former counsel for the Crime Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, when it was chaired by then Rep. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
Under Sloan’s leadership, CREW has been tough on some Democrats, including Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who it accused of corruption during her 2008 run for re-election.
Main link: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2009/09/sen_david_vitter_subject_of_co.html