The Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) is continuing today in New Orleans, with speakers such as Rick Santorum, Michael Steele, and Haley Barbour taking the podium. SRLC organizers noted that the conference was “going to be highlighted by the bold and dynamic values and individuals that make our party what it is.” In selecting the individuals who “make our party what it is,” SRLC chose Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) to kick off today’s events. Vitter, of course, is known for frequenting a Washington, D.C. and New Orleans prostitution service. The married father of four has led Senate efforts to pass a “Marriage Protection Amendment” and bring down ACORN. Today, right-wing activists rewarded Vitter with a standing ovation. Vitter thanked the crowd for the “warm welcome.” Watch it:
Andy Guinn, co-chair of the SRLC, introduced Vitter by saying he “fights everyday for Louisiana and her families.” Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who followed Vitter, lauded the “principled conservative leadership that David Vitter has shown in the United States Senate.”
During his address, Vitter said, “I’ll take a TV personality over a community organizer any day,” an apparent reference to Sarah Palin and Barack Obama.