Earlier today, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) called on Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL) to resign his Senate seat. Despite his own refusal to resign after admitting to being a former patron of the “DC Madam”, Vitter dismissed the notion that his demands of Burris are hypocritical. “I honestly don’t know anybody who would compare these situations. They are dramatically different,” Vitter said. The Hill reports:
Vitter said that Burris “clearly, at a minimum, misled the Illinois Legislature and the voters of the Illinois” by giving incomplete answers about his contacts with and fundraising efforts for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.) as Blagojevich was considering appointing Burris to the state’s Senate seat.
“Obviously there are even more serious charges of perjury, but I guess that will sort itself out in terms of legal proceedings,” Vitter said.
After Vitter admitted his links with the DC Madam in 2007, right-wing pundit Sean Hannity said, “I think Senator Vitter should probably live by the line that he put out for Bill Clinton back in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.” Vitter adamantly refused to resign. Now, it seems, the old Vitter is back and demanding that public officials be held to account.