Sen. Vitter Says He Might Run for Governor of Louisiana

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., walks near the floor of the Senate during the votes on tax cuts legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010.
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Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) is considering whether to run for governor in 2015. 

According to an Associated Press report on Tuesday, Vitter said he will decide by January whether he plans to run for governor or not. 

“This is the logical time to do it, if I’m ever going to do it,” Vitter told the AP. “There are strong arguments in either direction, but the general question in my mind is where I think I can make the most positive contribution.” 

Vitter added that he thought he would be a “significant candidate” if he decided to run. 

Current Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is term-limited so the next gubernatorial election will not include an incumbent. 

Vitter eying the governor’s mansion shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. The AP noted that he’s good at raising campaign funds and has a high approval rating in Louisiana. Still, Vitter’s Democratic opponents are likely to highlight the 2007 Washington “D.C. Madam” prostitution scandal he was embroiled in. Vitter’s phone number appeared on records for Pamela Martin and Associates, an escort service that had been accused of conducting a prostitution ring. 

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