Jindal Demands Congressman Resign Over Extramarital Kissing, But Defended Prostitute-Hiring Senator

CREDIT: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

Sen. David Vitter and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), with Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) called for Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) to resign his House seat, after a videotape surfaced of the freshman Congressman kissing a married woman who is not his wife. But in 2007, Jindal defended Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) when he was revealed to be a client of a DC prostitution service.

Jindal released a statement on Thursday, calling McAllister’s behavior “an embarrassment” and suggesting that “the best way to get privacy and work on putting his family back together is to resign from Congress.”

But seven years ago, then-Congressman Jindal made no such suggestion to the state’s U.S. Senator. After Vitter’s name appeared on the phone list for “D.C. Madam” Deborah Jeane Palfrey, he apologized for the “very serious sin in my past.” Yet Jindal’s response was to stand by Vitter, saying on behalf of himself and his wife:

VITTER: While we are disappointed by Senator Vitter’s actions, Supriya and I continue to keep David and his family in our prayers. This is a matter for the Senator to address, and it is our hope that this is not used by others for their own political gain.

Jindal was re-elected as governor in 2011, with Vitter’s endorsement. Vitter is now seeking to succeed Jindal in the 2015 governor’s race.