When Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) replaced former Rep. Bob Livingston (R-LA) — who “abruptly resigned after disclosures of numerous affairs” in 1998 — he argued that an extramarital affair was grounds for resignation:
“I think Livingston’s stepping down makes a very powerful argument that Clinton should resign as well and move beyond this mess,” he said. [Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 12/20/98]
Calling Vitter a “hypocrite-in-chief,” TriCities.com writes today, “If U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., were one-quarter the man he claims to be, he would resign his office over links to a D.C. escort service.” The op-ed continues, “Vitter is a bigger hypocrite than most,” noting his prior criticisms of Clinton. “Vitter is the worst kind of a politician: A man who hoists himself upon a family-values pedestal and condemns others who don’t ascend with him.”
Even right-wing pundit Sean Hannity is getting into the act. Last night on Fox, Hannity said that Vitter should heed his own advice and resign:
I think Senator Vitter should probably live by the line that he put out for Bill Clinton back in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Earlier this week, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) said the Vitter scandal should have “a full airing” and noted that there is an open criminal investigation into the escort service that Vitter acknowledged calling.
Melanie Sloan, Executive Director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said yesterday, “Senator Vitter’s solicitation of at least one prostitute was not merely, as he has stated, ‘a serious sin,’ it was a violation of criminal law.”
UPDATE: KLo weighs in: “I think he’s probably should resign.”