Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Louisiana Politics

This came in over the email transom today. I don't know the source.

“Family-values” Louisianans may be stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to the upcoming Senate Republican primary. Incumbent Senator David Vitter, of course, was nailed for visiting prostitutes in 2007 and, more recently, was exposed to have kept a staffer working on women’s issues even after it was revealed that the staffer had abused his girlfriend. But, his primary challenger and possible replacement, retired Supreme Court Justice Chet Traylor, may not be so much better: Salon’s Justin Elliot points to a news article that says Traylor is currently sleeping with his stepson’s estranged wife. Indeed, it seems to be something of a habit for Traylor, who entered the race on the basis of personal integrity: The first husband of Traylor’s late wife, Peggy McDowell (the wife whose son’s wife he’s currently sleeping with), also says that Traylor begin his affair with McDowell while she was still married. Traylor denies the charge.