Vitter makes it to most corrupt congressmen list, reactions remain mixed
POSTED: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 4:57pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 8:06am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A Washington DC based watchdog group has named Louisiana Senator David Vitter as one of the 12 most corrupt members of congress. It's not the senator's first appearance on the list, put together by the group citizens for responsibility and ethics in Washington or CREW for short.
He was highlighted last year, and in 2007. The CREW report stated Vitter earned his place on the list stems from what the group has deemed attempted bribery of the US Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar. The senator sent a letter to Salazar stating he would vote to block his salary increases until the Secretary began to issue permits for Deepwater Exploratory wells.
A spokesman for Senator Vitter said, " The beltway liberals at CREW can attack all they want - Senator Vitter will continue to block Salazar's pay raise after Salazar helped shut down gulf drilling and put thousands of Louisianans out of work."
Lots of people when asked told NBC33 that while they're not happy to have the state of Louisiana connected to any rumblings of corruption, they're really more concerned with seeing their elected officials get something done with their time in D.C.
“Everybody has their right to defend their record and I believe he will. The most disappointing thing about congress is the partisan take it's taken on,” Ronald Haley, a Baton Rouge Lawyer explained.
“"I just expect them to represent me. When I see scandal like that, I know that's not a representation of myself,” Margot Forbes, an area educator said.
"There's corrupt politicians everywhere that no one ever hears a word about. So if they're going to crack down on one, they need to crack down on all of them,"
Despite what some would call 'questionable' behavior by Senator Vitter we were able to find people that still support Vitter as their senator.