WATCH: Dems Recreate Vitter-Prostitute Encounter In New Web Video

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The Louisiana Democratic party has produced an extremely potent video recapping, and even re-enacting, the full history of David Vitter’s prostitution scandals. Though the segment is web-only, it’s easily the farthest the party has gone to highlight the indiscretions — a task they usually leave to surrogates, but which they view as the key to unseating him.

The five minute, 32 second documentary-style video includes testimonials from what the Louisiana Democrats describe as real Louisianans who’ve lost faith in Vitter for using his office to get away with criminal activity. That’s the broad point the segment makes.

But more than that, it’s a vehicle for reminding viewers of the scandals — it includes audio testimony of the DC Madam, and a re-enactment of the “crime scene.”“Vitter was excused from testifying by federal judges and his colleagues in the Senate dropped their ethics investigation only a week after the DC Madam’s suicide,” the narrator notes.

The ad follows a public call by Vitter’s Democratic opponent Charlie Melancon for multiple town hall-style debates.

“If [voters] want to talk about David Vitter employing a convicted felon…they ought to be able to ask that question,” Melancon told reporters this week.

It appears to be part of a pattern of Democrats trying to bait Vitter into addressing his scandals, either by publicly objecting to Dem tactics, or by facing questions from voters and the media about them.

You can see the video below.

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