In Robocall, Melancon Camp Hits Vitter For Sheltering Abusive Aide (AUDIO)

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Voters in Louisiana are getting a blunt reminder of Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) most recent scandal. A robocall, greenlighted today by Vitter’s re-election opponent Charlie Melancon, features a woman with a heavy southern accent taking Vitter to task for “insulting” and “disrespecting” women.

“As you may have seen on the news, even after one of Vitter’s staffers was convicted for attacking his girlfriend, stabbing her with a knife and threatening to kill her as he held her captive for an hour and a half, Vitter kept him on the payroll after he was convicted,” the recording says. “AND gave him a raise. AND left him in charge of women’s issues in the Senate office.”

Vitter’s former aide, Brent Furer, was arrested for attacking his girlfriend with a knife, but pled out, and remained on staff for two years.“Louisiana women deserve better. I’ve called Senator Vitter’s office and demanded Vitter come clean and issue a public apology,” the call continues. “You can too. Just press 1 at the end of this message and you’ll be connected to Senator Vitter’s office where you can tell him this is no way to treat women in Louisiana. Press 1 now to be connected to Senator Vitter’s office and ask him why he doesn’t respect women.”

Vitter still leads Melancon by a large margin and has been trying to weather this controversy by ignoring it. We’ll see if this latest volley is enough to get his camp engaged. You can hear the audio, and read the full script, below. The calls will throughout the day statewide.

Hello, I’m calling today because Senator David Vitter has yet again insulted and disrespected Louisiana women. As you may have seen on the news, even after one of Vitter’s staffers was convicted for attacking his girlfriend, stabbing her with a knife and threatening to kill her as he held her captive for an hour and a half, Vitter kept him on the payroll after he was convicted. AND gave him a raise. AND left him in charge of women’s issues in the Senate office. Louisiana women deserve better. I’ve called Senator Vitter’s office and demanded Vitter come clean and issue a public apology. You can too. Just press 1 at the end of this message and you’ll be connected to Senator Vitter’s office where you can tell him this is no way to treat women in Louisiana. Press 1 now to be connected to Senator Vitter’s office and ask him why he doesn’t respect women.

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