David Vitter Running for Governor in Louisiana

And emerges as an immediate frontrunner
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2014 1:09 PM CST
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., will run for governor.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – Conservative Sen. David Vitter announced today what pretty much everyone in Louisiana already knew: He's running for governor in next year's election, reports Roll Call. Bobby Jindal can't run again because of term limits, and Vitter "stands a pretty decent (if not better) chance of winning," writes Sean Sullivan at the Washington Post. That's not bad for a guy who had to publicly apologize after his name turned up in the little black book of the "DC Madam" in 2007, notes Sullivan.

Vitter has kept a relatively low profile since the scandal, though he raised it in recent months to push the so-called "Vitter amendment," which would eliminate federal subsidies for Capitol Hill staffers, reports Politico. Most observers felt it was a deliberate move to burnish his conservative credentials ahead of a gubernatorial run, notes Roll Call. Vitter does not have to resign as senator to run, reports the AP. If he wins, he can appoint someone to serve out the final year of his term. (Read more David Vitter stories.)

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