July 20, 2011
Great news in our fight for a bolder, more conservative Louisiana state government.
Bobby Jindal has pledged to raise significant funds through the Louisiana Republican Party to elect more conservatives to the Legislature. This is really important for two reasons.
First, the focus on true conservatives in Louisiana is an exciting development. I’m hopeful it signals a bolder, more engaged Bobby already.
And second, this greatly increases the overall push to elect more strong conservatives to the Legislature this fall, building on our long-standing LCRM* campaign plans.
Yesterday, I sent a personal note to Bobby with a $10,000 contribution to this new effort from my campaign fund.
And I’ll be sure LCRM coordinates with these Republican Party efforts to maximize our collective impact.
Please be involved and supportive in any way you can, whether through this new effort, LCRM, individual legislative campaigns, or all of the above.
As I stressed a few weeks ago, our Louisiana elections this fall really are crucially important. Thanks.
*LCRM, the Louisiana Committee for a Republican Majority, is a political organization that Senator Vitter helped found in 2005 with several Louisiana business leaders. Since that time, it has raised and spent over $3 million in support of conservative, Republican legislative candidates, helping produce the first Republican majorities in the Louisiana House and Senate since Reconstruction.Comments Off
October 11, 2010
Since my opponent Charlie Melancon has voted with President Obama’s big government, big spending agenda at least 84 percent of the time, I thought it would be helpful to Louisianians to see 84 reasons why Melancon is not putting Louisianians ahead of Washington as usual. I’ve included some of your ideas as well. To share your idea, post it on my Facebook page.
Reason #1: Melancon opposes repealing Obamacare: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34985.html
The day after Obamacare was passed into law, I offered a bill to repeal it in the U.S. Senate. I also support a proposal in the House that would force a vote on the repeal of Obamacare over the objections of Charlie Melancon’s ally Nancy Pelosi (Melancon has voted with Pelosi 93 percent of the time).
Reason # 2: (From Jan on Facebook): “Scared to hold town hall meetings.”
Jan is correct. Last summer, when so many Louisianians wanted to have their voices heard about their concerns about Obamacare, Charlie Melancon was missing in action. I held more than 20 health care town hall meeting last August alone. Click here to see a web video I put together last summer to highlight Melancon’s hiding on health care.
Reason # 3: (From Clifford on Facebook): “Nancy Pelosi….that’s reason enough.”
As Clifford points out, Charlie voted for San Francisco liberal Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House on three separate occasions.
Reason # 4: He has voted to for every single Wall Street bailout.
Reason # 5: (From Troy on Facebook): “Charlie Melancon was quoted in a media interview as saying the Stanford victims “should maybe have known better” and that it was “too good to be true” (5% CD’s versus 7% CD’s).”
Troy is referring to a WWL interview where Melancon insulted thousands of Louisiana victims who lost their savings in the Stanford Ponzi Scheme.
Reason # 7: Troy’s comment reminded me about another interview where Melancon told a CNN anchor that the oil spill was being overplayed. I could not believe he said that as we were all trying to explain to the rest of the country how bad the oil spill was affecting our marshes and our economy.
Congressman Melancon was quoted in a media interview as saying the Stanford people “should maybe have known better” and that it was “too good to be true” (5% CD’s versus 7% CD’s). What he was thinking when he said this I cannot say, but I do know that these people did not know better and did not believe it was too good to be true.
Reason # 8: (From Gary on Facebook): “Melancon’s committee votes allowed a lot of second chances for abortion loopholes and special considerations into the final health care bill.”
Reason # 9: (From Kathy on Facebook): “Flip-flop-flip-flop-flip-flop.”
Reason #10: Melancon voted for the Auto Bailout.
Reason #11: Melancon talks a big game about wanting grassroots debates, but when a grassroots organization invited him to debate the issues impacting Louisiana families, Melancon flat out stated he wants nothing to do with the Tea Party and won’t accept any of their debate offers. I’m attending the Red River Tea Party debate in Shreveport on Sept. 16, but Melancon refused to go.
Reason #12: (Andy on Facebook): “[Melancon] is an empty suit.”
Reason #13: (Joey on Faceboook): “How about Melancon’s “Take their toys and go home” analysis? No one in the oil patch will forget that comment.”
Here’s the quote Joey is referring to:
“…the people that have been and worked in this industry and for this industry and supported it, it’s now kind of like, okay, you screwed up our gulf, you screwed up our marshes, and now you say just because they want to shut you down for a short period of time, you take your toys and you’re going to go somewhere else.” (MSNBC Interview, 6/4/10)
Reason #14: Melancon said he didn’t even want to be in this race for Senate.
“Before deciding to get into the race challenging Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Democratic U.S. Rep Charlie Melancon says he spent “the better part of a year” trying to find someone else to challenge the incumbent.” (The Daily Advertiser, 9/21/10)
Reason #15: (Robert on Facebook): “Charlie won’t make a stand on ANYTHING in public but he’ll sure lick the boots of his masters in committee won’t he?”
Reason #16: (Kevin on Facebook): “We cannot afford to have Democrats remain in charge of the White House, Congress and the Senate. Southern democrats especially try and convince you that they are fiscal conservatives. That BS!”
Reason #17: I received the highly sought-after endorsement of the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association, which is a majority Democrat group.
Reason #18: (Yvonne on Facebook): “Melancon is not a leader, he’s a follower. We need a leader!”
Reason #19: (Julie from Facebook): “Charlie Melancon voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. The potential for fraud is too great in any election, much less one of national importance, for a photo ID not to be required.”
Reason # 20: I received the endorsement of National Right to Life.
National Right to Life rated me 100% in the 110th Congress. They rated Melancon 42%.
Reason #21: (Margie on Facebook): “Melancon’s ad says he votes for Louisianians. Well, everything I saw he voted for was opposite what I wanted.”
Reason #22: (Renee from Facebook): “Vitter votes for small business and Melancon doesn’t! The rubber meets the road with actual votes and not rhetoric!”
Reason #23: (Paige from Facebook): ”Melancon=Mistake!!!! [Senator] Vitter, you have worked so tirelessly for the people…You have our entire family’s vote!”
Reason #24: (Stanley from Facebook): “If I would vote for Meloncon I would be voting against my kids future.”
Reason #25: The Gun Owners of America gave Melancon C. They gave me an A+. The Gun Owners of American have also endorsed me.
Reason #26: I’m endorsed by the NRA
Reason #27: (Constance from Facebook): “I don’t think we can risk Charlie Melancon in another office. Obama bought and paid for!”
Reason #28: Melancon voted to make it easier for illegals to get actual welfare checks.
Reason #29: Melancon voted to make it easier for illegals to get taxpayer-funded benefits.
Reason #30: Melancon voted against allowing police to arrest and detain illegals.Comments Off
October 6, 2010
Listen to the audio version of Parish President Billy Nungesser’s message by following this link.
I’m Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, and I want you to know that what Charlie Melancon is saying about David Vitter and the oil disaster is a load of “you know what.”
I’m endorsing David Vitter for U.S. Senate, and so are Democrats and Republicans all along the coast.
David Vitter worked around the clock to help provide leadership during the disaster.
David Vitter authored emergency legislation to hold BP fully accountable for all of the damages without limit. And he fought the Obama bureaucracy for more boom and to get our barrier island plan moving.
Please join me in voting for David Vitter for U.S. Senate on November 2.
Billy NungesserComments Off
August 17, 2010
We had a U.S. Senate Small Business Committee field hearing in Lafayette on the effects of the moratorium on Louisiana businesses today. This is the second time I’ve asked the Obama administration to send a representative to explain their rationale for the moratorium and hear firsthand how it’s hurting Louisiana families and businesses. Once again, no one showed up. It’s sad, but it’s revealing of how the administration has approached this moratorium all along. They want to decide what they think is best for us, but it’s clear from their response to this committee that they don’t care how many jobs they kill in Louisiana.Comments Off
Today I spoke at an oil and gas symposium on LSU’s campus in Baton Rouge. I raised concerns about the drilling moratorium and the Obama administration’s new increase in environmental regulatory bureaucracy that could very well stifle shallow water drilling in our Gulf. This is exactly what Melancon’s moratorium amendment empowers the administration to do.Comments Off
August 16, 2010
Listen to David Vitter’s New Radio Ads Below:
Click on the links below to listen to Senator Vitter’s messages on the moratorium and immigration. You can download the audio clip by right clicking the text and saving the file.
Check back soon for more audio clips from the Vitter for Senate Team.Comments Off
August 5, 2010
As you may have heard, the U.S. Senate voted today to confirm Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court. As I’ve previously stated, I have deep concerns over Kagan’s past legal work – specifically her hostile views toward Americans’ right to keep and bear arms, military recruiters on campus, and right-to-life issues. Additionally, Kagan’s track record strongly suggests she may legislate from the bench, imposing her views on Americans.
I voted against confirming Kagan’s nomination because her judicial philosophy with regard to these issues does not appear to be consistent with the values of Louisiana voters. How would Charlie Melancon have voted? Since Melancon is seeking election to the U.S. Senate, he should answer this question. Based on Melancon’s record of steadfast support for President Obama’s agenda, I can only assume he would have voted “yes.”
What are your views regarding Elena Kagan’s nomination and subsequent confirmation? Do you support or oppose her serving as America’s newest Supreme Court Justice? Please share on my Facebook page.Comments Off
July 23, 2010
Good news! Last night I helped save $400 Million in Road Home funds. The House, with Melancons support, removed $400 Million in vital funds from the Road Home program, while at the same time including over $23 BILLION in additional spending. I was able to remove the $400 Million Road Home cut Melancon voted for AND I was able to get the 23 Billion in extra spending Melancon and Pelosi stuck in the bill removed as well. These Road Home funds are also used to assist victims of toxic Chinese Drywall. Eliminating this funding was a terrible mistake, but I’m pleased we got it reinstated.Comments Off
July 22, 2010
Next Tuesday we’re having a U.S. Senate Small Business Committee hearing on the economic impacts of the ongoing federal drilling moratorium. I’ve sent a letter to President Obama urging him to send members of his administration. Our hearing would be an excellent opportunity for his senior advisors to hear first-hand the actual ‘on-the-ground’ effects that his moratorium is having on local economies and Louisiana families.Comments Off
July 20, 2010